Sturtevant Study for Rosenquist's Spaghetti & Grass 1965-66
Acrylic and graphite paint on Bristol paper
9 x 12 inches (22.9 x 30.5 cm)
Signed, titled and dated on the back
Courtesy of Galerie Laroche/Joncas
In “Sturtevant Study for Rosenquist's Spaghetti & Grass 1965-66” (2023), conceptual artist Steve Giasson humorously appropriates a painting by American artist Elaine Sturtevant, known since the 1960s for her “repetitions” radical works of pre-existing works.
In this case, this work focuses on a close-up of spaghetti in a brightly colored box. This is a motif often used by pop artist James Rosenquist, whose work addressed the (still current) themes of capitalism, war, government control and consumerism.
Steve Giasson specially designed this repetition of a repetition of an advertising image from the 1960s, in the context of the TOUSKI auction of the Montreal Multidisciplinary Art Diffusion Center DARE-DARE, during which works will be sold in Tupperware dishes. Tupperware brand dishes became popular in the late 1940s and were used to store leftover food, particularly spaghetti...