44.1 х 27.8 х 8.2 in. (112.01 x 70.61 x 20.83 cm.)
This extremely rare sculptural multiple was meant to be created in an edition of 10. However, after 3 they ceased production, making this one of only three works. A plexiglass window with hebrew writing casts the glow of the hebrew language onto the paper upon which the window is hinged.
In his autobiography "Painting Below Zero", Rosenquist refers to his fascination with language and the sense of mystery that other languages create. The artist refers to his obsession with "linguistic fragmentation...the babel of language" during the time this work was created. During the 1980's he was preoccupied with a commission for AT&T, urging him to consider the significance of language in contemporary society. Rosenquist once said "I looked at all the different languages in the world and considered what those symbols mean to people from other countries." This piece continues that exploration.
James Rosenquist (b. 1933) is one of the last living American Pop Art legends. His most recent project was completing the ceiling mural for the Palais de Chaillot in Paris for the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Rights of Man by Eleanor Roosevelt. Rosenquist is known for his innovative printmaking, and, among many honors, was recognized last year by the International Print Center for his lifetime achievement. He has had retrospectives at the Whitney Museum and the Guggenheim and many other museums worldwide.
Selected Public Collections:
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
The Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD
The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX
Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin, Germany
Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain
Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Musée d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain, Nice, France
Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Tate Gallery, London, UK
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY