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James Rosenquist, American, 1933–2017
Oil on canvas, glass, and walnut
Current Location
On View, Gallery 254
48 × 60 in. (121.9 × 152.4 cm)
framed: 50 1/8 × 62 3/16 × 3 in. (127.3 × 158 × 7.6 cm)
Credit Line
Funds given by the Shoenberg Foundation, Inc.
© James Rosenquist / Licensed by ARS, New York, NY
Object Number
James Rosenquist started his career as a billboard painter, creating advertisements and images of consumer goods on a monumental scale. His early training is evident in this work—vibrantly painted colors, block lettering, and enlarged details of recognizable imagery, in this case a bouquet of roses. Rosenquist drew inspiration for this painting from the back of a tour bus he regularly saw while painting signs in New York City’s Times Square. "Sightseeing" blurs the line between banal tourism and the supposedly elevated act of viewing art in a gallery or museum.
by 1964 -
Edward Janns Jr. [1]

Smith Collection

- 1975
The Mayor Gallery (James Mayor), London, England [2]

1975 -
Saint Louis Art Museum, purchased from The Mayor Gallery [3]

[1] The painting is listed as from the Janns (or Jahns) collection in a 1964 publication ["Amerikansk pop-konst: Jim Dine, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, James Rosenquist, George Segal, Andy Warhol, Tom Wesselman." Stockholm: Moderna Museet Stockholm, 1964, p. 72].

[2] According to an invoice from the Mayor Gallery dated Febuary 26, 1975, the provenance record of "Sightseeing" includes the Edward Janns Jr. Collection, the Smith Collection and the Mayor Gallery [SLAM document files].

[3] See Note [2]. Invoice dated June 10, 1975 from the Mayor Gallery to the Museum confirming that the payment for "Sightseeing" was received [SLAM document files]. Minutes of the Aquisitions Committee of the Board of Trustees, Saint Louis Art Museum, March 4, 1975.
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