James Rosenquist

Where the Water Goes

1989

Medium
Paper, acrylic paint, dye and lithograph on paper
Dimensions
Image: 2611 x 1473 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Tyler Graphics Ltd in honour of Pat Gilmour, Tate Print Department 1974-7, 2004
Reference
P12237

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The Welcome to the Water Planet series addresses a recurring theme in Rosenquist’s work: the ecological impact of consumer culture on the natural environment. The water planet’ of the title is the Earth, imagined as it might be seen from outer space. Rosenquist and Tyler began work on all their prints together using a small preparatory collage as a guide. They used a combination of printing techniques: coloured paper pulp for the backgrounds, and lithography for the figures in the foreground.

Gallery label, November 2004