This year’s main piece, thanks to a partnership with the Gagosian Gallery, is Brushstroke Group by world-renowned artist Roy Lichtenstein. Lichtenstein’s work, inspired by an early childhood love of comic strips, developed after his service in WWII and studies at Ohio State and ultimately culminated in his emergence as a leading American Pop artist. By the mid-1960s, Lichtenstein was nationally known, but his work was not fully accepted by the public, which prompted Life magazine to do a story about the artist asking: “Is he the worst artist in America?” Of course you’ll think nothing of the sort as you gaze upon Lichtenstein’s sweeping aluminum sculpture, a real gem in the BIGart exhibit.
As you walk along the main entrance to Navy Pier, you’ll notice yellow markings across the street. From the ground, the markings are reminiscent of the famous “Yellow Brick Road” brought to life in the 1939 version of “The Wizard of Oz,” starring Judy Garland. But from an aerial view, artist Steed Taylor’s Galloon, looks much more like a golden Celtic Knot, or as many have christened it, Chicago’s very own “Road Tattoo.”
BIGart@NavyPier boasts pieces by other artists such as Nancy Rubins, Anthony Caro, and Almond Zigmund, too. Take our word for it, BIGart is BIG fun!