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|