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Industrial Cottage

1977 James Rosenquist Born: Grand Forks, North Dakota 1933 Died: New York, New York 2017 oil on canvas 80 x 182 in. (203.2 x 462.3 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment © 1977, James Rosenquist 2005.25A-E Smithsonian American Art Museum
3rd Floor, North Wing


Gallery Label

Industrial Cottage reflects the patchwork of neighborhoods and industrial parks along Florida's Gulf Coast where Rosenquist settled in 1976. The artist was working his way out of debt following a catastrophic car accident, and the title expresses his wry opinion of himself as a "cottage industry." Rosenquist divided the canvas into three zones, populating each with large forms that reflected his years as a billboard painter. In each zone, cold-hued machinery contrasts with softer forms and warmer colors. Rosenquist called the paintings from these years his "self-portraits," and the discordant images suggest that the professional pressures of earning a living—of "bringing home the bacon"—intruded on the comforts of home and his new relationship with the artist Susan Hall.

Exhibition Label, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2006

Keywords

Allegory - arts and sciences - industry

Architecture Exterior - domestic - cottage

Architecture - detail - window

Object - foodstuff - meat

Object - tool - drill

painting

About James Rosenquist

Born: Grand Forks, North Dakota 1933 Died: New York, New York 2017

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