James Rosati, 1980
Spencer Museum of Art
James Rosati, an American sculptor, often created pieces that he did not name, and this steel piece is an example. It is 12 feet 10 inches tall, 4 feet 9 inches wide and 2 feet 4 inches deep and weighs 1,500 pounds. It is mounted on a 4-foot tall base on the south lawn of Spencer Museum and was dedicated in May 1980. The museum purchased the piece in 1980 with funds from the Price R. & Flora Reid Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Rosati (1912-88) is represented in collections of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and the Whitney Museum of Modern Art in New York, among many others. His 29- by 23-foot, stainless-steel “Ideogram” of 1967 was lost in the Sept. 11, 2001, destruction of the World Trade Center in New York, as were pieces by Pablo Picasso, Alexander Calder, Louise Nevelson, Joan Miro, Roy Lichtenstein and other modern masters.
See also: Spencer Museum of Art