Roy Lichtenstein's Water Lilies with Willows, 1992. Screen print enamel on stainless steel. collection Perez Art Museum Miami, gift from the Collection of Mary M. and Sash A. Spencer. Copyright Estate of Roy Lichtenstein

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens’ botanically themed exhibitions over the past few seasons, featuring works by artists Marc Chagall, Andy Warhol, Paul Gauguin and Salvador Dali, have been popular draws for the gardens. Now the 2021 exhibition has been announced: Roy Lichtenstein: Monet’s Garden Goes Pop! will be on view Feb. 14-June 27 of the coming year.

The Pop artist’s screen prints based on Claude Monet’s famous paintings of water lilies and haystacks, the rarely seen Water Lilies with Reflections series, provides an homage to Monet’s paintings of his garden and home. Printed on metal, the series will be exhibited in the Museum of Botany & and the Arts at Selby along with photographs of Lichtenstein at work and at home. And, as usual with these exhibits, the outdoor spaces at Selby Gardens will also be transformed to fit the theme, this time offering a glimpse—through a Pop Art lens—into Monet’s gardens at Giverny, including the green Japanese bridge.

According to curator-at-large for Selby Gardens Dr. Carol Ockman, “With the inclusion of several of his Haystacks from 1969, visitors will also be able to see how Monet’s work inspired Lichtenstein to invent techniques to render the peerless natural effects of his precursor.”

Selby Gardens will also present Lichtenstein and Monet-themed lectures, performances, family programs, special tours, school curricula and more to complement this entry in the Jean & Alfred Goldstein Exhibition Series. A full schedule of events will be available later this year at selby.org.

Also, stay tuned: The 45th Anniversary Orchid Show: Women Breaking the Glasshouse Ceiling is set for Oct. 10-Nov. 29, 2020, and The Florida Highwaymen, co-presented with the Sarasota African American Cultural Coalition, is set for summer 2021.

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