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James Rosenquist, b.1933

Somewhere to Light1966

In his painting Rosenquist used the techniques developed in his commercial work. Drawing deeply on the iconography of advertising, his art was deeply influenced by the contemporary industrial and consumerist culture of the time. In a series of monumentally scaled paintings Rosenquist rendered in an illusionistic photographic- like style, a juxtaposition of unrelated “pop” images in garish colours.
In his print ‘Somewhere to Light’ Rosenquist appropriates, to our eyes, a quaint piece of sixties advertising. The words ‘Waco, Texas’ appear within the halo of the circular fluorescent, and the image is overlaid with baby blue and pink colours. In common with his painting Rosenquist’s print is located in the sixties zeitgeist of the iconography it appropriates.
‘Somewhere to Light’ is one of ten prints which make up the New York International Portfolio. Published in an edition of 250 by Tanglewood Press in 1966, this was a ground-breaking print portfolio which quickly became a model for printing practice and was especially influential in the marketing of prints. Originally acquired by Senator Gordon Lambert this portfolio, number 111 in the edition, was donated to IMMA in 1992.

Dimensions 30.3 x 30.3 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Gordon Lambert Trust, 1992
EditionEdition 177/225
Item NumberIMMA.371 GL
Copyright For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
Image Caption
James Rosenquist, Somewhere to Light, 1966, Silkscreen, 30.3 x 30.3 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Gordon Lambert Trust, 1992

For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].

About the Artist

James Rosenquist b.1933

American artist James Rosenquist worked as a billboard painter before attending the Art Students League in New York. Influenced by his commercial training, Rosenquist’s paintings and prints draw on the iconography of advertising and American consumerist culture of the 1950s and 1960s. Rosenquist exhibited widely from the 1960s. His work is represented in major public collections including that Tate Modern; The Whitney Museum of American Art and MoMA, New York.
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