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James Rosenquist (American, b.1933)
LOT ID: 81257
While the Earth Revolves At Night, 1982

Aquatint
33.5 х 26.25 in. (85.09 x 66.68 cm.)
Signed, and numbered lower right. Chop mark lower right.
Edition 59
Foundry/Publisher Gemini G.E.L.
Lot description
Paper size: 33.5 x 26.25 inches 85.1 x 66.7 cm)
Frame size: 35 x 27.75 x 1.75 (88.9 x 70.5 x 4.4 cm)

This edition is a color aquatint and has previously been incorrectly identified at auction as a color lithograph. Mint condition, embossed plate edge at image edge.

The imagery of this print comes from Rosenquist’s painting of same title, painted in 1982 in his studio at Aripeka, Florida. The central image of this grand painting (198 inches in length) is a glossy painted red nail replicating a fountain pen with the cosmos of stars spinning around its central axis. Viewable on the artist’s website.

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. He is also considered one of the foremost printmakers of our day, and, among many honors, he has been bestowed with a lifetime achievement award from the International Print Center.

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.


Selected Public Collections:
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin, Germany
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Tate Gallery, London, UK
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
While the Earth Revolves At Night by James Rosenquist
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