Edition James Rosenquist:
Star Thief, 1980
Price per reproduction (incl. 19% VAT): 190 euros
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Material: 12-color inkjet print with pigment ink on Canson Rag Photographique Ultra Smooth, 210 g/m2, Museum-quality fine-art print (color fastness: ca. 200 years)
Dimensions: 54.6 × 140 cm
Edition: Limited edition of 200, in cooperation with the Estate of James Rosenquist
Originally commissioned by Eastern Airlines for the Miami International Airport, Star Thief was stridently dismissed by the airline’s chairman and former astronaut Frank Borman. As Rosenquist recalled in his autobiography, Painting Below Zero: Notes on a Life in Art, Borman said: “Space doesn’t look like that. I’ve been in space and I can assure you there’s no bacon in space.” The over five-meter-tall and more than fourteen-meter-wide painting, which belongs to the collection of the Museum Ludwig, depicts a hatching-like toothed overlapping and interpenetration of several layers of motifs—from a portrait of a sleeping woman and bundles of technical cables to a star-lit universe. Rosenquist remarked about the painting that he wanted to penetrate deeper and deeper into outer space, into thought. “Star Thief is a cosmic allegory, a metaphor of work. The star is a thief, the thief that induces curiosity, pulling people to go to a distant thought.”
The facsimiles and the reproductions of the works of art by the American artist James Rosenquist (1933–2017) are issued by the Gesellschaft für Moderne Kunst in cooperation with the Museum Ludwig in conjunction with the exhibition James Rosenquist: Painting as Immersion. We thank the Estate of James Rosenquist for authorizing the edition. The sale proceeds benefit the museum.