JAMES ROSENQUIST "PUSH BUTTONS" LITHO, 1972
James Rosenquist (b. 1933) is one of the most important contributors to American Pop Art.
Shortly after moving to New York City in the 1950's (to study fine art) Rosenquist became a commercial painter working on advertising billboards.
For nearly three years he worked non-stop as a commercial painter - which would be both the technical training and inspiration for his aesthetic as an artist. In the early 1960's he began exhibiting paintings that resembled collages of elements from American advertising of the era.
In "Push Buttons" Rosenquist spoofs the erotic connection between woman and machine.
Drawn from a 1955 Plymouth ad featuring a gloved woman pressing the buttons, Rosenquist juxtaposes the male hand and the female leg closely together with the buttons of the automobile.
The buttons are so sharply contrasted you can almost feel them click, and the combination of the images perfectly insinuates commercial and sexual desire.
This work is a paradigm of Rosenquist's aesthetic and technique, yet is understated and realized in a black and white palette.
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Signed, dated 1972, titled and numbered 65/75 by the artist
Lithograph on Hodgkinson Handmade Oatmeal paper
Published by Petersburg Press, London (UK)
30.5"H 36"W (work)
Very good condition