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James Rosenquist
Heir Apparent, James Rosenquist lithograph in electric blue

1965

$3,500

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This lithograph features a dramatically-lit, outstretched hand, swimming in electric, neon blue, with two soft white shapes below. The hand is a recurring motif in Pop art legend Rosenquist’s work, isolated from the body and often appropriated from advertising. Rosenquist printed this as a birth announcement for his son. Along the base of the image in bronze-brown, the artist’s looping cursive reads: “John Adams Rosenquist heir apparent Sept 25 1964” Image 10.25 x 8.5 in. / 26 x 21.5 cm Paper 17 x 13.5 in. / 43 x 34 cm Two color lithograph on thick, textured Douglass Howell handmade paper. Signed by the artist and dated lower right in pencil; numbered 21/28 lower left in pencil. Paper is watermarked H lower left. Catalogue reference: Constance W. Glenn Time Dust: James Rosenquist Complete Graphics 1962 - 1992, Rizzoli, New York 1993, no. 7 illustrated

Details

  • Artist
    James Rosenquist (1933, American)
  • Creation Year
    1965
  • Dimensions
    Height: 17 in. (43.18 cm)Width: 13.5 in. (34.29 cm)
  • Medium
  • Movement & Style
  • Period
  • Condition
    A small square of tape residue on upper left and right corners, verso. Crease on lower left corner.
  • Gallery Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU121126306642

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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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