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Tumbleweed by James Rosenquist

Tumbleweed by James Rosenquist

Petersburg Press

Colour Lithograph


Edition Size: 68

Sheet Size: 21.75 x 29.5 cm

Reference: Constance W. Glenn Time Dust: James Rosenquist Complete Graphics 1962 - 1992, Rizzoli, New York 1993, no. 32, illustrated p. 45.


Condition: Good

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Lithograph on Black Fabriano paper. Signed by the artist and dated 1970 lower right in pencil; numbered 59/68 lower left in pencil. This electric blue image of a neon sculpture was drawn after a sculpture, and includes the artist’s notes on the construction of the original work, entitled Tumbleweed. Rosenquist was inspired by tumbleweeds looming in his headlights during a late night drive in Texas, and produced the 1966 sculpture out of chromed barbed wire, three crossed wooden beams, and neon tubing.

This print depicts the tangle of barbed wire encircling curling and twisting neon, with lengths of wood at the center. The dark paper sets off the electric blue, and captures the original sculpture’s neon glow.

Tape residue on upper right and left on the back of the sheet which cannot be seen on the face of the print.


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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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