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Sightseeing (black pull) by James Rosenquist

Sightseeing (black pull) by James Rosenquist

Petersburg Press



Edition Size: Black pull proof aside from the color edition of 75

Image Size: 22.5 x 28.75 inches

Sheet Size: 27.5 x 33.25 inches

Reference: Constance W. Glenn Time Dust: James Rosenquist Complete Graphics 1962 - 1992, Rizzoli, New York 1993, no 56


Condition: Excellent

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“Black pull” proof aside from the edition of 75 printed in colors. Lithograph and screen print on off-white German etching paper. Signed by the artist and dated 1972 lower right in pencil. Numbered 2/3, annotated “black pull”, and titled Sightseeing lower left in pencil. Sightseeing is one of a group of ten prints which the artist made at Petersburg Press in 1972, each based on one of his paintings. Rosenquist’s Sightseeing 1962 oil painting on canvas, glass, and walnut is now in the St. Louis Art Museum.

This abstract composition features a cropped view of the words SIGHT SEEING, in bold all-capital lettering. Roses fill the top line of text, and the bottom line of text in white is surrounded by translucent light grey brushstrokes. A frame outlines the glossy screen printed area where the double E is defined sharply in dark grey with a burst of thin lines in the pattern of broken glass.

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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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