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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

Regarded as a key figure in the development of Pop Art, James Rosenquist (American, 1933-2017) readily used commercial aesthetics and popular imagery throughout his work. Beginning as a billboard painter, Rosenquist combined visual advertising techniques and references to mass media to create bold compositions that inherently questioned the tendencies of modern society. His works are held in numerous public collections worldwide, including the Art Gallery of Ontario; the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; the Museum fur Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt; and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.