Rosenquist, James (b.1933), 'New Oxy', Lithograph, 1964

'New Oxy', Lithograph, 1964

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Lithograph in colours (from a drawing by James Rosenquist) printed from seven plates on white wove paper. Printed by Maurice Beaudet in Paris and published by E. W. Kornfeld, of Bern, Switzerland. Edition of 2000, unsigned as issued in the regular edition of Walasse Ting's '1 Life' portfolio of 1964. Superb impression with good strong colours. With vertical fold in the centre of the sheet as with all impressions.

The '1 Life' portfolio included original lithographs by both the key players in the American Pop Art scene as well as masters of European Expressionism. The album also features poems by American/Chinese artist/poet Walasse Ting who spearheaded the project which was edited by Sam Francis.

The 'Time Dust' catalogue includes a quotation from Rosenquist about the genesis of this print:

Walasse came over to Coenties Slip (where Rosenquist, Robert Indiana, Ellsworth Kelly, and Jack Youngerman had studios) with a big black portfolio. He just threw everything...aluminium litho plates, crayons, and stuff on the floor...and said, "Here, take your pick." I didn't know what to do with it. I was working on a painting which is now in the Albright-Knox Art Gallery ('Nomad', 1963), and I was doing sketch upon sketch, trying to put the thing together (it was about consumer society), so I made a drawing, and Walasse, as a chromist, copied it and made a lithograph out of it for his book. He copied it by hand. That's why it's so weird and sloppy, but it's a sort of French sloppiness that looks kind of nice.

Paper Size 41 x 58.2 cm
Reference 'Time Dust James Rosenquist Complete Graphics: 1962-1992' by Constance W. Glenn, Cat. No. 2
Collections British Museum, MOMA (NY), The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Stedelijk Collection, National Gallery of Australia

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