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Object: New Oxy
Series: One Cent Life
Collage-like print incorporating imagery from advertising and everyday objects in green, red yellow and blue, most notably part of a container of washing powder on which the word "NEW" can be seen above "Oxy", part of the brand name. Most of the imagery is unidentifiable and only roughly delineated with grey lines resembling graphite, over which colour has been applied. The print includes annotations in the style of handwriting in pencil, mostly positioned around the edges of the image. 1964 (after a drawing made in 1963)
Colour lithograph on white wove paper
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Height: 404 millimetres (image, approx, irreg)
Height: 410 millimetres (sheet)
Width: 555 millimetres (image, approx, irreg)
Width: 581 millimetres (sheet)
- Curator's comments
- One of 62 original lithographs by 28 international artists in the unbound artist book 'One Cent Life' by Walasse Ting, edited by Sam Francis (1964) (2014.7080.1(1-62)). It is printed across two pages (pp. 20-21) and accompanies Ting's four-line poem 'Happily and Long into the Night' which is printed in red capital letters at the top of the page 20. The lithograph was made by Ting after a drawing by James Rosenquist made specifically for this project. Rosenquist later described the process:
"Walasse came over to Coenties Slip [in New York, where Rosenquist had a studio] with a big black portfolio. He just threw everything ... aluminium litho plates, crayons, and stuff on the floor ... and said, "Here, take your pick". I didn't know what to do with it. I was working on a painting, which is now in the Albright-Knox Art Gallery ['Nomad', 1963], and I was doing sketch upon sketch, trying to put the thing together (it was about consumer society), so I made a drawing, and Walasse, as a chromist, copied it and made a lithograph out of it for his book. He copied it by hand. That's why it's so weird and sloppy, but it's sort of French sloppiness that looks kind of nice." (Quoted in Constance W.Glenn, 'Time Dust, JR complete graphics 1947-98' (exhibition catalogue with catalogue of the complete prints), New York 1993, p. 7.)
Rosenquist, like other Pop artists, was inspired by imagery from the media and he kept an archive of clippings, which he used for his work.
For more information about 'One Cent Life', see the Curatorial Comment for 2014.7080.1.1.
- Not on display
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- Acquisition notes
- Purchased from Walther Koenig Books at Frieze Masters. Presented by the Vollard Group.
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