F-111, the Huge Pop Art Painting of James Rosenquist
Six Paintings. One Concept
F-111 is a work composed of 23 panels in which we see a juxtaposition of images of the consumer world and of advertising —main subject of Pop art— and a F-111 fighter bomber plane and an atomic explosion.
In the middle of the Vietnam War, the artist explains how a big part of the wealth and wellness the system produces is generated by the military industry. An industry that causes wellness and death, symbolized by a plane of high destructive power in which an innocent girl under a “modern” hairdryer plays the part of the pilot (said Rosenquist himself).
A work that shocks the conscience and which has been considered as a Guernica of the sixties.
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