James Rosenquist. Mask (Come play with me / Hey, let’s go for a ride) (or Hey let’s go for a ride), (1961).
Tremaine Collection / Miller Co. art & design
15 March 2019 | Updated 7 October 2019
Mask (Come play with me / Hey, let’s go for a ride) (or Hey let’s go for a ride), (1961)
Oil on canvas
34 x 36 in. (86.3 x 91.4 cm)
Acquired 1961 from Green Gallery
The following is an excerpt from: Christie’s New York. (1988). Contemporary art from the Tremaine Collection, (9 November 1988). (Introduction by Tracy Atkinson, Curator of the Tremaine Collection), (p. 68).
"Rosenquist chose subjects which portrayed life in America, taking fragments of popular images seen in advertisements and on billboards and condensing them onto one canvas. Mask (Come play with me / Hey, let’s go for a ride) is an example of his close-up composition where the viewer sees the painting as if through a lens, reducing the subject to abstract form and color. Judy Goldman quotes Rosenquist referring to his paintings of the early 1960s [1985, p. 35 in James Rosenquist]: ’I wanted the space to be more important than the imagery. I wanted to use images as tools... images old enough to pass without notice but not old enough to trigger nostalgia’."
The current location of James Rosenquist’s Mask is unknown. (Click to see a photo of the artwork.)
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