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Maker(s):Rosenquist, James Albert
Culture:American (1933-2017)
Title:Spaghetti and Grass
Date Made:1965
Measurements:overall: 31 1/2 in x 23 in; 80.01 cm x 58.42 cm
Accession Number:  UM 1976.2
Credit Line:Puchase with Art Acquistion Funds
Museum Collection:  University Museum of Contemporary Art at UMASS Amherst

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2012 Curatorial Fellowship Exhibition: The Domestic Sphere Goes Pop
James Rosenquist (b. 1933) is an American printmaker, painter and sculptor and one of the country’s key figures in the development of Pop art. During the 1950s he earned his living as a billboard printer and commercial artist. Rosenquist subsequently adopted the style of advertisements and billboards in his own work, creating images that are both enlarged and fragmented. Spaghetti and Grass exemplifies these ideas as Rosenquist presents the viewer with two enlarged images placed one on top of the other. These representations are dislocated from one another by the works title, Rosenquist’s signature, and the date, isolating each image and creating an underlying tension between the two. Rosenquist denies any setting or context in his decision to show the spaghetti and grass as enlarged fragments. In the absence of an everyday environment, the spaghetti and grass become strange and unfamiliar.
Kristen Rudy and Rebecca Bernard

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Rosenquist, James Albert
American (1933-2017)
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