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Rocket Boom

Unique series of 9, 2017
Oil on stretched linen

Signed and dated by the artist en verso

14.00 x 10.00 in
35.56 x 25.40 cm

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  • Unframed work ships within 5 business days.
  • Framed prints ship within 2-4 weeks.
  • International customers are responsible for applicable duties and taxes.


About the Work

Rocket Boom explores a new element of Michael Kagan's spatial subject matter: velocity. In our previous collaborations, Kagan immortalized the astronaut as a hero of modern society, filling the entirety of his compositions with their looming majestic statures. In his new unique silkscreen series, he shifted his focus to the fiery rumble of the rocket ship; an iconic cultural moment from the John Glenn 1962 Mercury Atlas launch. By shifting his gaze onto the technological awe of the mechanisms that allow for space travel, Kagan successfully pivots from specificity to an abstracted rumination on progress and the unknown, which is further emphasized by his rendering of the image via his newly evolved silkscreen technique. Each work features three unique silkscreen layers: the linen is sprayed with oil paint before an oil paint layer is silkscreened directly on stretched linen, with the final layer being pulled oil paint layered directly by the artist. Each piece contains unique variants.

Artist Biography

Michael Kagan (b. 1980, Virginia Beach, VA) has held solo exhibitions at Almine Rech (London, Brussels), Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, Bill Brady Gallery (Miami), and Joshua Liner Gallery (New York). In 2014, the Smithsonian commissioned three large-scale paintings from him based on their Air and Space Archives. Kagan’s work is in the collections of the Hall Collection (Reading, VT), Maezawa Collection (Chiba, Japan), Maki Collection (Tokyo), Gemini Trust Company (New York, NY), Fidelity Investments Corporate Contemporary Art Collection (Boston, MA) Founders Fund (San Francisco) and Jacob & Co. (New York) among others. A monograph of his work was released in 2019 by ARTBOOK | DAP. Kagan currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Authentication & Resale

This work is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity signed and numbered by the artist. 

Be sure to keep your Certificate of Authenticity (COA) in a safe place. We are unable to replace or reissue COAs.


Framed artwork is custom framed once it is ordered. Allow 3-5 weeks for framing and delivery.

All of our frames are made from sustainably sourced engineered hardwood that is manufactured in the USA. Frames are available in Black or White Matte and Walnut.

Prints are hinged to a conservation quality, acid-free and lignin-free Cellulose matboard, using acid-free polyethylene cloth tape. Each mat’s surface paper is fade and bleed resistant and is attached to a conversation quality foam-core board. Some of our work (typically those pieces with a deckled edge) is floated on the matboard with spacers to separate the artwork from the glazing.

We use museum quality .060 mm plexiglass to frame your work. It blocks 82-85% of UV rays to prevent color fading from exposure to light, protecting your art for years to come.

Our White and Black frames have a ⅞” wide flat face and are 15/16” deep. Mats are 1” wide for prints up to 8” x 10”. Mats are 2” wide for prints larger than 8” x 10”.

Our Natural and Walnut frames have a ¾” wide flat face and are 1 ⅛” deep. Mats are 1” wide for prints up to 8” x 10”. Mats are 2” wide for prints larger than 8” x 10”.

Any artwork that is floated will be placed in a frame that has a ⅝” wide flat face and is 1 5/16” deep. Work will be floated with a 1” border around it.

Shippings & Returns

Unframed work ships within 5 business days of your order. Framed artwork is custom framed once it is ordered. Please allow 2-4 weeks for framing and delivery. Need it faster? Expedited options may be available by emailing All work ships from the US. International customers are responsible for any customs, duty, or VAT charges. 

If you change your mind after placing your order, please email us at within 24 hours. We will not be able to accommodate cancellations for framed orders after that time period (as your frame will have been ordered and cut within that time period). We may not be able to accommodate your request to cancel your order for an unframed work after 24 hours if it has been packaged and processed by our fulfillment center. 

We are unable to accept returns on custom framed artwork. Our general policy is that we do not accept returns. If your print arrives damaged or does not meet your expectations, you may be eligible for a replacement or return. Any issues must be reported within 5 business days of receipt by emailing