James Rosenquist

Skull Snap

1989

Artist
James Rosenquist 1933 – 2017
Medium
Paper, acrylic paint, dye and lithograph on paper
Dimensions
Image: 1511 x 1511 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Tyler Graphics Ltd in honour of Pat Gilmour, Tate Print Department 1974-7, 2004
Reference
P12239

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Like the other prints in Rosenquist’s Welcome to the Water Planet series, this work combines coloured paper pulp and collaged elements, printed using the lithographic process onto handmade paper sheets. Skull Snap also includes an overlaid image printed in relief. It is the design on the US one-cent coin, featuring the profile of President Abraham Lincoln and the motto ‘In God We Trust’. Here, magnified and stylised, it resembles a topographic map. This hints at the dollar as a global, or even cosmic, power.

Gallery label, January 2019

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