Rinse by James Rosenquist

Rinse by James Rosenquist


James Rosenquist

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etching and aquatint 
Image Size
17 11/16 x 36 13/16" platemark 
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
9/15 AP 
pencil dated after signature; pencil titled and editioned, lower left 
Glenn 142A 
Pescia Italian cream wove 
Aripeka Ltd Editions. 
Inventory ID

Rosenquist created dozens of prints in the 1970s with similar layouts of three distinct areas of imagery laid out on a horizontal sheet. Rosenquist began his career as a billboard painter, which influenced his frequent use of popular commercial imagery and horizontal compositions.

Two editions of this image were printed by James Rosenquist: one printed in vivid blues using the addition of pochoir in an edition of 78, and a second state in black, gray, and white in an edition of 15, like this impression.

Rosenquist made the unusual decision to number the black and white impressions as APs, (Artist Proofs) but also printed as the second state. Printmakers frequently print the black and white state first and add color to further states. Rosenquist's decision to do the opposite gives us a small insight into his process.

"Rinse" was published by Aripeka Ltd Editions Inc., Tampa, Florida and printed by the artist and Charles Levine at Aripeka, Ltd. in Tampa.

James Rosenquist was born in Grand Forks, North Dakota on 29 November 1933. He was raised in both North Dakota and Minnesota, and at the age of fourteen years old, Rosenquist won a scholarship to attend Saturday classes at the Minneapolis School of Art (now the Minneapolis College of Art and Design). He then enrolled at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis from 1952 to 1954, studying with Cameron Booth. In 1955, he moved to New York after receiving a scholarship to the Art Students League, studying with Edwin Dickinson, Will Barnet, Morris Kantor, George Grosz, and Vaclav Vytacil.

Rosenquist supported himself in the commercial art field by painting advertising billboards while attending school. He left the Art Students League after one year and joined the union of sign painters. He worked for ArtKraft Strauss Company and painted large outdoor billboards around Manhattan. Being inherently an artist, thrifty, and seeing an opportunity, Rosenquist used the leftover paint to create small abstract expressionist paintings. About 1960, he began to paint canvases in the iconography of his billboards, left the commercial art field, and he soon became a seminal figure in the Pop art movement.

In 1962 he had his first solo exhibition at the Green Gallery in New York and in 1963 Rosenquist was included in the exhibition Six Painters and the Object at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. That same year he was selected by Art in America as the "Young Talent Painter" of the year. Rosenquist gained international acclaim in 1965 with his room-scale painting, F-111.

A retrospective of Rosenquist's graphic work was held at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida in 1979. In 2003, James Rosenquist: A Retrospective opened at the Guggenheim Museum and traveled to the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston and the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.

James Rosenquist died in New York City on 31 March 2017.


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