The Light That Won't Fail I

1961

James Rosenquist, American, b. Grand Forks, North Dakota, 1933–2017

Oil on canvas, 71 3/4 x 96 1/4 in. (182.1 x 244.3 cm)

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of the Joseph H. Hirshhorn Foundation, 1966

Accession Number: 66.4402

Provenance:
Green Gallery, New York, to 17 February 1962
Joseph H. Hirshhorn, New York, 17 February 1962-17 May 1966
Gift of the Joseph H. Hirshhorn Foundation, 1966

Exhibition History:
[GREEN GALLERY, New York, "James Rosenquist," January - 17 February, 1962]
[THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, New York, "Americans 1963," 20 June - 18 August 1963, no. 111, ill. p. 88; toured to twelve U.S. and Canadian cities (November 1963 - November 1964)]
[MILWAUKEE ART CENTER, Wisconsin, "Pop Art and The American Tradition," 9 April - 9 May 1965, no. 54]
THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF CANADA, Ottawa, "James Rosenquist," 24 January - 25 February, 1968, no. 3, ill. p. 23
WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, New York, "James Rosenquist," 12 April-29 May 1972, ill. p. 42
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., "Inaugural Exhibition," 4 October 1974-15 September 1975
AKRON ART MUSEUM, Ohio, "The Image in American Painting and Sculpture, 1950-1980," 12 September-8 November 1981, pl. 9, p.98
WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, New York, "BLAM! The Explosion of Pop, Minimalism, and Performance 1958-1964," 20 September-2 December 1984, p. 83, fig. 110
DENVER ART MUSEUM, Colorado, "James Rosenquist: Paintings 1961 - 1985," 15 May - 14 July 1985, ill. p. 90. TOUR: CONTEMPORARY ARTS MUSEUM, Houston, Texas, 24 August - 20 October, 1985; DES MOINES ART CENTER, Iowa, 29 November 1985-26 January 1986; ALBRIGHT-KNOX ART GALLERY, Buffalo, New York, 14 March-4 May 1986; WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, New York, 26 June-21 September 1986; NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., 24 October 1986-11 January 1987
IVAM CENTRE JULIO GONZALEZ, Valencia, Spain, "James Rosenquist," 8 May-18 August 1991, no. 5, ill. p. 99
GAGOSIAN GALLERY, New York, "James Rosenquist: The Early Years, 1961-64," 2 May-11 July 1992, ill. p. 25
MARTIN-GROPIUS-BAU, Berlin, Germany (organized in conjunction with Zeitgeist, Berlin), "Amerikanische Kunst im 20. Jahrhundert/American Art in the 20th Century," 8 May-25 July, 1993, pl. 176 (color). TOUR: ROYAL ACADEMY, London, England, 17 September-12 December 1993
WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, New York, "The American Century: Art and Culture 1900-2000 (Part 2)," 23 September 1999-27 February 2000.
MENIL COLLECTION/MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, Houston, Texas, "James Rosenquist: A Retrospective," (organized by The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation) 7 May-17 August 2003, ref. 371, ill. p. 68, 370 (studio installation). TOUR: SOLOMON R. GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM, New York, 16 October 2003-4 February 2004; PORTLAND ART MUSEUM, March-June 2004; GUGGENHEIM BILBAO, May-October 2004; KUNSTMUSEUM WOLFSBURG, 11 February-29 May 2005.
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Strange Bodies," 11 December 2008-15 November 2009, no cat.

Published References:
UNSIGNED. "In a New Year, New Art," St. Louis Post-Dispatch (31 December 1961), ill.
PIERRE, JOSE, Edward F. Fry and Eduard Jaguer. Rosenquist (Paris: Galerie Ileana Sonnabend, 1964), ref.
ROSE, BARBARA. "American 1963," Art International, 7 (25 September 1963), p. 78
HEYWOOD, IRENE. "A Trip to Ottawa: James Rosenquist and His Power." The Gazette (24 February 1968), p. 44
SWENSON, GENE. "The Figure a Man Makes: Part II." Art and Artists 3, no. 2 (May 1968), ref. p. 43
JACOBS, JAY. "Collector: Joseph H. Hirshhorn," Art in America, 57 (July-August 1969), p. 67, ill.
JACOBS, JAY. "Quality as Well as Quantity: Joseph H. Hirshhorn," The Collector in America (New York: Viking, 1971), p. 88, ill.
LERNER, ABRAM, ed. The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (New York: Abrams, 1974), p. 741, fig. 968
LIPMAN, JEAN and Helen M. Franc. Bright Stars: American Painting and Sculpture since 1776 (New York: EIP. Dutton and Co., Inc., 1976), p. 166, ill.
DANIELS, MARGARET FLORENCE. Why Art? (Chicago: Nelson-Hall, 1978), p. 26, ill.
CLOSE PORTRAITS (Minneapolis: Walker Art Center, 1980), ill. p. 10
WALKER, BRICE. "The Contemporary Image" Maliner Magazine, 25, No. 8 (September 1981), p. 56 (color plate)
ART WORLD (October 1984), ill. p. 6
"BLAM! The Explosion of Pop, Minimalism and Performance 1958-1964," Art Talk (November 1984), ill. p. 17
GOLDMAN, JUDITH. James Rosenquist (New York: Viking Penguin Inc., 1985), ill. p. 50, color plate p. 90
GABRIEL, TRIP. "Rosenquist Up Close." United. (February 1985), ref. p. 61
TOURIGNY, MAURICE. "Rosenquist: Le peintre a ses raisons...." Le Devoir, 6 (September 1986), C7
SCHWABSKY, BARRY. "James Rosenquist at the Whitney Museum." Artscribe International, no. 60 (November-December 1986), ref. p. 78
BASTON, BRUCE and James Craig. Thirty Centuries of Graphic Design (New York: Watson-Guptill, 1989), ill. p. 194
FLASH ART, no. 165. (Summer 1992), ill. p. 104
GUTTERMAN, SCOTT. "James Rosenquist." Atelier, no. 787 (September 1992), ill. p. 26
GLIMCHER, MILDRED. Indiana, Kelly, Martin, Rosenquist, Youngerman at Coenties Slip (New York: The Pace Gallery, 1993), ill. no page number (artist with work)
WALDMAN, DIANE. Roy Lichtenstein (New York: Guggenheim Museum, 1993), ref. p. 28, ill. p. 29
JAMES, JAMIE. Pop art (London: Phaidon Press Limited, 1996), ill. p. 11, ref. p. 12, 30.
HIRSHHORN: 150 WORKS (New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1996), ill. p. 105
MADOFF, STEVEN HENRY, ed. Pop art: a critical history (Berkeley: University of California, 1997), ill. p. 31.
MacADAM, BARBARA A. "Reviews: The American Century Art and Culture 1900-2000, Part II, Whitney Museum of American Art." Artnews 98, no. 10 (November 1999), ref. p. 189.
PRENDEVILLE, BRENDAN. Realism in 20th century painting (New York: Thames & Hudson, 2000), ill. p. 156.
THON, UTE. "Eiscreme, Sex und Revolver - Willkommen in Amerika." Art-Das Kunstmagazin, no. 5 (May 2003), ill. p. 12.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection, Pop Art (American)