Frank Roth

Jodrell Bank

1964

Medium
Oil paint and acrylic paint on canvas
Dimensions
Unconfirmed: 1727 x 1727 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Romie Shapiro 1965
Reference
T00748

Catalogue entry

Frank Roth born 1936

T00748 Jodrell Bank 1964

Inscribed 'Frank Roth' b.l. and 'Jodrell BANK | March 1964 | Frank Roth' on back of canvas
Liquitex acrylic, shellac and oil on canvas, 68 1/4 x 68 (173 x 172.5)
Presented by Romie Shapiro 1965
Prov: Romie Shapiro, New York (purchased from the artist)
Exh: Frank Roth, Grace Borgenicht Gallery, New York, October-November 1964 (no catalogue); Frank Roth, Hamilton Galleries, London, April 1965 (7)
Repr: Arts, XXXIX, December 1964, p.71; Studio International, CLXIX, 1965, p.25

The artist wrote (n.d., November 1965): 'I had never heard of Jodrell Bank [the famous radio telescope at Jodrell Bank in Cheshire] until my painting was completed. I was showing the painting to a friend, and he remarked that the painting looked like a photograph in that day's New York Times. He showed me the photograph, which I liked and it resembled my painting and I liked the name, so that is how the title came about.'

Published in:
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, pp.656-7, reproduced p.656