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Expo 67 Mural – Firepole by James Rosenquist

Expo 67 Mural – Firepole by James Rosenquist

Petersburg Press

Colour Lithograph


Edition Size: 41

Image Size: 33 x 17 inches

Sheet Size: 34 x 18.75 inches

Reference: Constance W. Glenn Time dust: James Rosenquist, complete graphics, 1962-1992. Rizzoli, New York, 1993, cat. no. 17.


Condition: Pristine

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6 color lithograph on white Italia handmade paper. Edition 41 with 5 AP: this impression AP 1/5. Signed by the artist and dated 1967 lower right in pencil; numbered AP 1/5 lower left in pencil. In silver gilt frame.

A fireman’s pants and boots glow in hypercolor as he slides down a firepole, while deep red, neon orange and yellow fade in a gradient to white. Translucent white lines flow down the composition, and the pole features Rosenquist’s characteristic gleaming metallic chrome surface. The fireman’s graceful descent, with shiny boots held neat together, is at odds with the chaos of an emergency. In the background, the artist stylizes fire as a smooth, airbrushed sunset.

This lithograph is based on the artist’s contribution to the Expo 67. Held in Montreal, Canada in April of 1967, the 1967 International and Universal Exposition was a major World Fair bringing 62 nations together. Over half a million attended on a single day. The Expo featured art galleries, opera, ballet and theatre companies, orchestras, jazz groups, famous Canadian pop musicians and other cultural attractions.

Rosenquist was a key figure of the Pop Art movement, with other progenitors including Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. A billboard painter turned fine artist, Rosenquist is known for his smooth, graphic painting style, and his use of compositions pulled from collages of magazine cutouts, advertisements, and photographs. Firepole is a characteristic juxtaposition of bold, graphic mark-making with airbrushed pigment and a bright, neon-like palette.

Frame: H 42.5 in. x 27.5 in. x 1.25 in. / 108 cm x 70 cm x 3.2 cm


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James Rosenquist

Born in 1933, American James Rosenquist was one of the instigators of the Pop Art movement. The movement represents the integration of popular culture into fine art, and as such, Rosenquist’s previous occupation as a billboard painter helped influence his art in this direction. The characteristics of Pop Art – bright colours, dynamic shapes and the use of recognisable slogans and images – are clearly represented in Rosenquist’s work. His painting ‘F-111’ is made up of many images centred around a plane and is the size of a room.

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