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January 16, 2010

James Rosenquist with his mother and an early creation from his sign-painting days in Minnesota, 1954

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Deborah Solomon writing in the December 13, 2009 New York Times Book Review: "There’s a wonderful photograph [above] in the book, circa 1954, that attests to Rosenquist’s early love of road signs. It was taken outdoors, on an empty street in Minneapolis. The artist, then a tall, lanky man around 21, and his proud mom stand side by side, looking upward. Above them looms a giant billboard for Coca-Cola, one of the first Rosenquist ever painted. It is a genuinely captivating work, a roadside Magritte in which various unrelated objects (an arrow, a shapely glass of soda, a fashionable woman in a hat and gloves) float dreamily against a cloud-laced sky."

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