Lot 451
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JAMES ROSENQUIST | Welcome to Water Planet IV (Close Lightning)

400,000 - 600,000 USD
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  • James Rosenquist
  • Welcome to Water Planet IV (Close Lightning)
  • signed, titled and dated 1988 on the overlap 
  • oil on 2 joined canvases
  • 96 by 83 3/4 in. 243.8 by 212.8 cm.


Richard L. Feigen and Co., New York
Acquired from the above by the present owner 


Jacksonville Art Museum, Art in Bloom: Flower as Subject, February - March 1989, n.p., illustrated
Chicago, Richard L. Feigen & Co., James Rosenquist, May 1989
Instituto Valenciana de Arte Moderno (IVAM) Centre Julio Gonz├ález, James Rosenquist, May - August 1989, p. 161, illustrated 
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim; Bilbao, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, James Rosenquist: A Retrospective, May - June 2005, p. 218, illustrated


Stephan Diederich and Yilmaz Dziewior, Eds., James Rosenquist: Painting as Immersion, Munich 2017, p. 99, illustrated in color 

Catalogue Note

"In the Welcome to the Water Planet series, Rosenquist reveals earth from a new perspective, as seen from outer space, after men have walked on the moon and orbited the universe. It is a fertile, luscious, sometimes endangered landscape, a place where time passes and science advances." Judith Goldman, "250 Kisco Avenue: Whenever You're Ready, Let Me Know," in Exh. Cat., New York, Museum of Modern Art, Welcome to the Water Planet and House of Fire 1988-1989, 1990, p. 19

This work is documented in the James Rosenquist Archives under number 88.01.