PRINT Summer 1972

Derealized Epic

ROSENQUIST’S STORIES, OBLIQUE, RAMBLING, and vivid, give a sense of his take on America. “He was black with dust, but there were white circles around his eyes outlining the goggles he wore while plowing.”1 “In Six Flags Over Texas, an amusement park near Fort Worth, I got into the simulated Louisiana Riverboat. A young man in costume began to pole the boat through an s-shaped ditch filled with water. The boat started with a jerk, actually being propelled by huge teeth coming out of the water.”2 Here is an earlier version of a story recorded by Jeanne Siegel in her interview in the present Artforum: “I was working on top of the Latin Quarter roof in Times Square, painting a ‘Join the Navy’ sign. Above me five more stories in the ironwork were electricians repairing light bulbs in the Canadian Club sign. As a practical joke they dropped four boxes of light bulbs down on me. For about

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