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See-Saw, Class Systems

A work made of color lithograph on off-white wove paper.
© 2019 Estate of James Rosenquist/Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY.

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  • A work made of color lithograph on off-white wove paper.

Date:

1968

Artist:

James Rosenquist (American, born 1933)
published by Richard Feigen Graphics
printed by Mourlot, NYC

About this artwork

This lithograph was created on the cusp of the radical social changes taking place in the United States during the late 1960s. The composition is dominated by the face of Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley at the center. A word puzzle constructed from variations of the words upper, middle, and lower is printed on either side of the portrait as a reference to class systems. The scowling portrait of Daley and the image’s wordplay suggest the catalysts for this work—riots sparked by protests during the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago, as well as race relations and the war on poverty in general.

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Artist

James Rosenquist

Title

See-Saw, Class Systems

Origin

United States

Date

1968

Medium

Color lithograph on off-white wove paper

Dimensions

611 × 878 mm

Credit Line

Restricted gift of Kaye and Howard Haas in memory of Albert Haas

Reference Number

2003.267

Copyright

© 2019 Estate of James Rosenquist/Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY.

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