The Friction Disappears

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Gallery Label
Rosenquist got his art training on the job, painting billboards in Minnesota and New York City, where he had to make food "delicious" and cigarettes "smokable." The Friction Disappears represents the effortless flow of pictures and information in our culture, where unrelated or contradictory ideas overlap one another. Rosenquist painted the car in the same hot hue as the canned spaghetti simply because he liked the color. The tiny electrons orbiting the globe on the car door are like the paths of ideas and images crisscrossing in the modern world. Rosenquist compares the uncanny combinations that result to "two soap bubbles colliding and coming together instead of destroying each other."Exhibition Label, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2006
Topic
Architecture\vehicle\automobile
Modern art movement\other\Pop Art
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Artist
James Rosenquist, born Grand Forks, ND 1933-died New York City 2017
Credit Line
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Container Corporation of America
Medium
oil on canvas
Dimensions
48 1/8 x 44 1/4 in. (122.2 x 112.4 cm.) irregular
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
1965
Type
Painting
Object number
1984.124.254