About this artwork
This small print is an excellent example of the mystical turn of Rosenquist’s thought. The cigarette burns, made with an airbrush, stand for the stars on the edge of the universe, thus contrasting the insignificant with the infinite.
He chose to print on a paper towel, explaining, “It’s really Eastern philosophy. After a day’s work, you march in and wipe your hands off on a paper towel. You are wiping off the things you did all day, never knowing when your best gesture is made, when your creative ability might be showing.”
- Currently Off View
- Prints and Drawings
- James Rosenquist
- A Drawing While Waiting for an Idea
- United States
- Made 1966
- Color lithograph on tan paper towel
- 139 × 169 mm (image); 378 × 239 mm (sheet)
- U.L.A.E. Collection acquired through a challenge grant of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Dittmer; purchased with funds provided by supporters of the Department of Prints and Drawings; Centennial Endowment; Margaret Fisher Endowment Fund
- © 2019 Estate of James Rosenquist/Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY.