Portable Typewriter related to James Rosenquist?

The Art Institute of Chicago has “Valentine Portable Typewriter” in their collection. It’s from 1969, designed by Ettore Sottsass (Italian, born Austria, 1917-2007).

Pretty neat. But the point of this post is what was in the related artworks.

In the related artworks for this typewriter are a bunch of James Rosenquist lithographs. The lithos are all a dull tan. I’m not sure why these are considered related.

I asked Chat GPT: What do Ettore Sottsass and James Rosenquist have in common?

It responded with

Ettore Sottsass and James Rosenquist, while both notable figures in the world of art and design, come from different backgrounds and artistic movements.

  1. Ettore Sottsass was an Italian architect and designer, best known for his work in industrial and furniture design. He was a leading figure in the Memphis Group, which was known for its postmodern furniture, fabrics, ceramics, glass, and metal objects. The Memphis Group’s style was characterized by bright colors, bold forms, and an unconventional approach to design, breaking away from the minimalist aesthetic of modernism.
  2. James Rosenquist was an American artist and one of the protagonists in the Pop Art movement. His work was known for its incorporation of imagery from popular culture and advertising, often in a surreal and fragmented manner. Rosenquist’s large-scale paintings often reflected a critique of consumerism and materialism in post-war America.

Their common ground lies in their innovative approach to their respective fields and their influence on late 20th-century art and design. Both challenged conventional norms: Sottsass in design, through his playful and colorful aesthetic that broke away from the stark functionality of modernism, and Rosenquist in fine art, with his bold, graphic style that transformed the mundane imagery of advertising into thought-provoking art. They both played a significant role in shaping the visual culture of their time.

Ok, I guess there is some sort of connection. But it still doesn’t really directly answer what do pale tan lithographs have in common with bright pink typewriters?

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Erik M
1 month ago

That’s a mystery. Fun to see those pieces by Rosenquist. Never seen them before. Interesting that they were done at the peak of his fame in the mid 1960’s.

Last edited 1 month ago by Erik M
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