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James Rosenquist

MILES (from America: The Third Century portfolio), 1975-1976

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Lot 43
Screenprint in colors with air bushed pochoir additions on white Arches Cover paper
30.0 x 22.5 in (76.2 x 57.1 cm)
From edition of 200
Signed, titled, and dated on recto; blind-stamped by the publisher


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'MILES' comes from a 1976 portfolio of artists' prints created for the Mobil Oil company to commemorate the American Bicentennial. Other artists participating in the portfolio included Robert Rauschenberg and Roy Lichtenstein. The present contemporary print was created in 1975 and is typical in the style of the artist and shows a tire swing behind a coin that is jutting out in multiple pieces against a field of multicolored tire marks. The present work ties together two themes that recurred in many of Rosenquist's other prints - American politics juxtaposed with popular culture, and events linked to the artist's personal life. Although 'MILES' was printed in 1975, the print depicts the 1976 Kennedy half-dollar coin that is broken into slices at the center of the composition. 1976 was the year of America’s Bicentennial, which marked the beginning of a third century for the United States.

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About James Rosenquist

James Rosenquist’s (American, 1933-2017) references to mass-produced goods and to magazines, films and other aspects of the mass media, together with his dispassionate and seemingly anonymous technique, ensured that he was regarded as one of the key figures in the development of Pop art in the United States. In 1948, while still in school, he won a scholarship to study at the Minneapolis School of Art, and from 1952 to 1955 he studied painting at the University of Minnesota. In 1955, he moved to New York to study at the Art Students League on a scholarship. He earned his living as a billboard painter from 1957, and in 1960 he began to apply similar techniques of grossly enlarged and fragmented images to huge paintings.