Constance W. Glenn, Curator
James Rosenquist: Time Dust, Complete Graphics 1962–1992 is the first comprehensive retrospective documenting the renowned Pop artist’s thirty-year career as one of America’s most innovative printmakers. Supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the exhibition was curated by Constance W. Glenn, director of the University Art Museum, California State University, Long Beach and is being circulated by Curatorial Assistance, Los Angeles. Glenn’s 200-page, full-color monograph and catalogue raisonné, published by Rizzoli New York will accompany the exhibit.
One hundred and fifteen prints from the artist’s first, tiny 1962 etching to the largest and most complex print ever made—his 1992 Time Dust—will be displayed together for the first time. “Like most of his generation,” Glenn notes, “he began tentatively, with less than keen enthusiasm, no printing skills, and unresolved notions about how art in the 1960s—so linked with the monumentality and physical presence inherited from Abstract Expressionism—could function on an intimate sheet of handmade paper.” Yet, in his first major effort, encouraged by the legendary Tatyana Grosman of Universal Art Editions Limited, a modest Long Island workshop, he produced a series of masterful lithographs, includingSpaghetti and Grass, 1964–1965, Campaign, 1965, Dusting Off Roses, 1965, and Circles and Confusion I, 1965–1966.
Drawing upon painting skills acquired as a billboard artist working high above New York landmarks such as Times Square, he translated his vision into graphics that increasingly challenged the boundaries of size and traditional techniques. The images, appropriated from his “archive of paraphernalia”—hundreds of newspaper and magazine clippings used to generate odd juxtapositions of male-trousered legs glossy red lips, food projects, and ephemera from what he calls “the world of supermarket junk and plenty”—are now familiar, quintessential Rosenquist.
NUMBER OF WORKS: 115 prints plus a selection of studies, sketches and sourcework collages
TOUR DATES: March 1993 - April 1997
PUBLICATION: Publication, Rizzoli, 1993