James B. Rosenquist

About the Artist

James Rosenquist was born in 1933 and became a major figure in the 1960s movement known as Pop art. The term “pop” refers to popular culture, which was used as subject matter for both painting and sculpture. In this painting, Rosenquist combines consumer items, such as the laundry detergent Oxydol and the bright red canned spaghetti sauce, with things related to leisure time activities, such as ballet dancers and a picnic table. Seemingly unrelated are a plot of grass, a microphone, and an electric light bulb. A gray wallet and the word “new”, which is placed on a bright yellow background and done in relief, reflect important aspects of 1960s America. Everything was “new” in this affluent, mass-producing, and
consumer-oriented society.


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