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James Rosenquist (American, b.1933)
LOT ID: 79025
Untitled (Near and Far: Lithograph for 1975 Leo Castelli Drawings Exhibition), 1975

Lithograph
19 х 36 in. (48.26 x 91.44 cm.)
Signed, dated and numbered in pencil, recto
Print/Casting Year 1975
Edition 79/150
Foundry/Publisher Castelli Graphics
Lot description
The print often referred to as Near and Far, Near, Far or Near/Far, since it bears the words "Near" and "Far" handwritten in pencil by the artist, but it is also recognizable to many as the image chosen for the open editioned poster to promote the exhibition "Rosenquist Drawings" on September 27, 1975 at the famed Leo Castelli Gallery.

James Rosenquist worked as a billboard painter before becoming a fine artist. In 1964, he joined the roster of POP artists at the Leo Castelli Gallery and he remains one of the most distinguished and influential artists of his generation.

The artist creates visual stories by taking fragmented, oddly disproportionate images, and combining, overlapping, and putting them on canvases.

Rosenquist was featured in a Retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum in New York in 2003, and is in the permanent collections of such museums as the Museum of Modern Art New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Chicago Art Institute, the Guggenheim Museum in NY, Bilbao, and Berlin, and many others.

What distinguishes this work is that each piece contains a collage that is different from the others, making no two pieces exactly alike. In general, pieces in an edition of lithographs are all precisely the same. A work such as this, one with an element that varies from piece, to piece is both rare and extraordinary.
Untitled (Near and Far: Lithograph for 1975 Leo Castelli Drawings Exhibition) by James Rosenquist
  • Untitled (Near and Far: Lithograph for 1975 Leo Castelli Drawings Exhibition) by James Rosenquist
  • Untitled (Near and Far: Lithograph for 1975 Leo Castelli Drawings Exhibition) by James Rosenquist
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