Crucial factors in determining a genuine Lichtenstein include how the image compares to an existing series, the quality of the paint-handling, and even the variation in the artist’s trademark Ben-Day dots. For example, the scale and stenciling of the dots is a clear indicator of when a work was executed. In addition, the painting’s provenance — and whether it’s logical — is a key component of the authentication process.
Richard Polsky has been involved with Roy Lichtenstein’s art since the 1980s. Over time, we have specialized in small-scale 1960s paintings and drawings, having sold the Art Deco gem, Modern Painting (1967) to the Southland Corporation and the Pop landscape, Sunset (1964) to an important Boston collection. Polsky is credited with having discovered a previously unknown Lichtenstein drawing, Man with Chest Expander (1961) — arguably the artist’s first mature drawing — which he placed with the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation. Recently, Man with Chest Expander became part of the Whitney Museum’s permanent collection. In 2013, Polsky facilitated the acquisition of Lichtenstein’s most important outdoor sculpture, Five Brushstrokes (1984), to the New Orleans Museum of Art — where the twenty-foot-tall work can currently be seen gracing the front of the building.