James Rosenquist (aka James Albert Rosenquist)
A Free for All
25 7/8 in. x 19 9/16 in. (65.72 cm x 49.69 cm)
Medium and Support:
Lithograph on paper
Gift of Mr. A. C. van Ekris
© The Estate of James Rosenquist / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
A leading Pop artist, James Rosenquist began his career in the graphic arts, creating signs and billboards. Moving away from the commercial world, Rosenquist began bringing together and collaging disparate images inspired by popular culture into enormous paintings.
In addition to painting, Rosenquist also dedicated himself to printmaking. The lithograph, "A Free for All," 1976, created during America's bicentennial, is a continuation of many of the ideas he investigated in the 1960s and incorporates several of Rosenquist's personal symbols: the American flag and tire tracks. Unlike many Pop artists, Rosenquist dealt directly with political themes and situations. "A Free for All" relates to the artist's personal views regarding the Vietnam War and the emerging Space Program. Two subjects dominating the news in the 1960s and into the 1970s that Rosenquist held strongly negative feelings about.