James Rosenquist: F-111
My stay-cation with the kids yielded a lot of blog posts! This room wrapped in paintings at the MoMa was a fun exhibit, because you experience it by standing in it!
This 86 foot long painting, was painted by James Rosenquist in 1964 and designed to wrap the 4 walls of the Leo Castelli Gallery on 77th Street, where it was displayed in 1965. There are 23 panels that wrap the room…. The paintings, painted in a decade of craziness and turbulence combine pop art, billboard style consumer advertising, and the F-111, the newest fighter plane and weapon out there. The jet, he explains, is a metaphor for the economic implications of military might, and it flies through the “flak of consumer society”. The piece questions “the collusion between the Vietnam death machine, consumerism, the media and advertising.”
It’s now on display at the MoMa. It was kind of amazing to stand inside a room covered on 4 walls with art. I loved the piece and thought I would share it with you. The vivid palette, pop art stye and collage like appearance are all super cool to experience in person. I love how in these photos, the individual sections of the piece, really can stand alone, but work together as a cohesive whole.
All photos are by me, you can see the exhibit at The MoMa until July 30th.