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From 1957 to 1960, James Rosenquist earned his living as a billboard painter. This was perfect training, as it turned out, for an artist about to explode onto the pop art scene. Rosenquist deftly applied sign-painting techniques to the large-scale paintings he began creating in 1960. Like other pop artists, Rosenquist adapted the visual language of advertising and pop culture (often funny, vulgar, and outrageous) to the context of fine art.

The nails are a motif that Rosenquist often used in the 1970s, a period of immense personal difficulty for the artist. The nails are said to make reference both to the traumas Rosenquist experienced and also to act as a symbol of rebuilding and renewal.

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Catalogue Raisonné: 92, Glenn
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  • Ships From: California, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 24.5 x 31.75 in. (62.23 x 80.64 cm.)
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