James Rosenquist

Space Dust

1989

Artist
James Rosenquist 1933 – 2017
Medium
Paper, acrylic paint, dye and lithograph on paper
Dimensions
Image: 1689 × 2673 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Tyler Graphics Ltd in honour of Pat Gilmour, Tate Print Department 1974-7, 2004
Reference
P12233

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This work belongs to a collection of large prints, Welcome to the Water Planet. The 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 Earth, imagined in the context of outer space. Everyday objects resemble spacecrafts and celestial bodies, floating against colourful backgrounds whose sprayed texture recalls galaxies and nebulae. Like the other prints in the series, Space Dust combines coloured paper pulp and collaged elements, printed onto handmade paper sheets. 

Gallery label, January 2022

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