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James Rosenquist
Vanity Unfair for Gordon Matta Clark

1978

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A painting by James Rosenquist. "Vanity Unfair for Gordon Matta Clark" is an abstract, acrylic on canvas in two parts, with wire attachment, depicting abstracted forks, a scissors and the number 35, by Pop artist James Rosenquist. Signed verso of each panel, "James Rosenquist 1978." Combining sculptural elements on a canvas work, "Vanity Unfair for Gordon Matta Clark" evokes the experimental nature of the Pop Art movement. Created as a tribute to his close friend, Gordon Matta Clark, the present work is a layered creation, each element having significance and a deeper symbolic meaning. Starting as a commercial sign painter, Rosenquist learned the power of large-scale bold images. These large images, vibrant colors, and recognizable imagery would be the mainstay of Rosenquist's artistic output. "Much of the aesthetic of my work comes from doing commercial art," the artist once said. "I painted pieces of bread, Arrow shirts, movie stars. It was very interesting. Before I came to New York I wanted to paint the Sistine Chapel. I thought this is where the school of mural painting exists." Provenance: Property from the collection of Gloria Luria

Details

  • Artist
    James Rosenquist (1933, American)
  • Creation Year
    1978
  • Dimensions
    Height: 62.75 in. (159.39 cm)Width: 43 in. (109.22 cm)Depth: 2.75 in. (6.99 cm)
  • Medium
  • Movement & Style
  • Period
  • Condition
  • Gallery Location
    Palm Desert, CA
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 350511stDibs: LU935788302

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About James Rosenquist (Artist)

Although he insisted that he and his fellow Pop artists developed their art-making styles independently, American painter James Rosenquist belonged at the table with Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. Known for his distinctive use of visual montage, Rosenquist produced large, vibrantly colored tableaux marked by fragmentation and overlap. He often employed familiar motifs and objects drawn from popular contemporary culture — hot dogs, lipstick tubes, American flags — which he manipulated to form disorienting compositions whose constituent elements are nearly unrecognizable.


     Born in North Dakota to Swedish parents, Rosenquist was encouraged to pursue painting by his mother, who was also an artist. He studied painting for two years at the University of Minnesota, but dropped out at the age of 21 to attend the Art Students League in New York on a scholarship. A job as a billboard painter in the late 1950s set him up to pursue his signature style, which borrowed its bold graphics and remixed kitschy aesthetic from the visual vocabulary of advertising. Works like Flamingo Capsule (1983) embody his trademark visual dissonance, drawing cigarette-ad motifs into conversation with stripes from the American flag and aluminum foil wrappers.


     In addition to enormous paintings, Rosenquist created drawings, prints and collages. The 2011 lithograph The Memory Continues but the Clock Disappears is a montage of melting clocks and confetti, all submerged in a pool of water. While wryly hinting at the inevitability of decay and deterioration — suggesting that life is a ticking clock — the composition also alludes to Salvador Dalí's signature motif, the defining symbol of Surrealism. Such compositions demonstrate how Rosenquist masterfully combined seemingly incongruous elements into a harmonious and poetic whole.

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