Kay Rosen

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Digital video, continuous loop with sound

Edition of 100
(Inventory #23269)

Matte latex paint on wall

Edition of 12
Dimensions variable
Signed and numbered on accompanying certificate
(Inventory #32024)

Under-and Over-Cooked
Mixed media collage

Paper size: 4 7/8 x 7 inches (12.4 x 17.8 cm)
(Inventory #31029)

Spatter Pattern
Colored pencil on paper

Signed and dated on reverse
Image size:  10 3/8 x 17 1/4 (26.4 x 43.8 cm)
Paper size:  17 x 24 inches (43.2 x 61 cm)
Frame size:  19 1/2 x 26 1/2 inches (49.5 x 67.3 cm)
(Inventory #23424)

One color screenprint with embossing

Edition of 50
Image/paper size: 14 5/8 x 10 3/8 inches (37.1 x 26.5 cm)
Signed and numbered on reverse
(Inventory #31810)

Love Letter 1/20/2009
Offset print on Optigloss paper

Edition of 100, 30 are signed and numbered
Image/paper size: 20 x 15 7/8 inches (50.8 x 40.3 cm)
Signed and numbered on reverse in graphite; titled printed in ink lower center
(Inventory #33490)

Enamel sign paint on canvas

40 x 30 inches (101.6 x 76.2 cm)
Signed and dated on reverse
(Inventory #29953)

Painted bronze

Edition of 6, 2 AP
9 1/2 x 12 x 7/8 inches (24.1 x 30.5 x 2.2 cm)
(Inventory #32050)

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Blue Monday
Continuous loop on dvd, with sound

9 minutes, 12 seconds
Edition of 100
Signed and numbered on accompanying certificate
(Inventory #27931)


Edition of 35, 5 TP
16 x 20 inches  (40.6 x 50.8 cm)
Signed and numbered on reverse
(Inventory #32177)

Still-life with Blue Table (Earthquake)
Unique gouache on watercolor paper

Image/paper size:  13 3/4 x 11 1/8 inches  (34.9 x 28.3 cm)
Frame size:  16 3/4 x 14 1/2 inches  (42.5 x 36.8 cm)
Signed on reverse
(Inventory #28014)

Letterpress print on board

Edition of 20
Image/paper size: 25 x 44 inches (63.5 x 111.8 cm)
Signed, dated and numbered on reverse in graphite
(Inventory #28828)

Set of 12 silkscreen prints

Edition of 25
Overall measurements vary
Image/paper size: 13 3/4 x 9 3/4 inches each (34.9 x 24.8 cm each)
Signed, dated, and numbered on reverse on one sheet
(Inventory #32241)

Sombra Sobre el Hombre (Shadow Over Man)
Acryla gouache on watercolor paper

Image size:  5 1/4 x 22 1/4 inches  (13.3 x 56.5 cm)
Paper size:  22 x 30 inches  (55.9 x 76.2 cm)
Frame size:  25 x 33 inches  (63.5 x 83.8 cm)
Signed on reverse
(Inventory #29958)

Howdy Ma’am
Silkscreen on Hahnemühle Heavy Rag paper on 15 panels

Edition of 15
Image/paper size: 12 x 21 inches each (30.5 x 53.3 cm each)
Initialed and numbered, each sheet is numbered 1/15-15/15 to indicate order, all on reverse in graphite
(Inventory #31025)

Exhibition View
Exhibition View
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Exhibition View
Exhibition View
Additional Information

Kay Rosen’s investigation into the visual possibilities of language has been her primary focus since 1968, when she traded in the academic study of languages for the study of language-based art. Through paintings, drawings, murals, prints, collages, and videos, Rosen has sought to generate new meaning from everyday words and phrases by substituting scale, color, materials, composition, graphic design, and typography for the printed page.

While political issues often form the bedrock of Rosen’s artwork, she insists that her work is driven not by politics, but by language, and she follows it to whatever place it takes her. Rosen loves the physical act of drawing and painting, and materially her paintings and drawings are intensively rendered; however, she considers language to be found material, conceptually placing her in the more passive role of a cognitive observer and enabler of language. The writer Rhonda Lieberman described her as a revealer of language who “shows it doing things that are totally above, beyond, and/or below its function as a mode of communication.”

Rosen’s work has been described as sculpture, poetry, architecture, and performance. Roberta Smith once called her a “writer’s sculptor” and Eileen Myles called her the “poet of the art world.” In a 2014 piece for Art In America, Rosen wrote: “The linguist in me wanted meaning to be carried by the structure of the words, not type style; the inner painter insisted that color convey meaning; the sculptor in me obsessed about the construction of letterforms through materials and process; and any poetic instincts strove for efficiency.”

Kay Rosen has been the subject of numerous articles, reviews, and group and solo exhibitions, including in 1998 a two-venue mid-career survey entitled Kay Rosen: Li[f]eli[k]e, curated by Connie Butler and Terry R. Myers at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art and Otis College of Art Design. She has been the recipient of awards that include a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in 2017 and three National Endowment for the Arts Visual Arts Grants. Her work is included in many institutional and private collections. Rosen taught at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago for twenty-four years. She was born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas and lives in New York City and Gary, Indiana.