Leonard Rosenfeld
American Cowboy, 1986, oil pastel, acrylic, paper, vinyl wallpaper, 24.625 x 29.875 in, 62.5475 x 75.8825 cm
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Wallpaper  In 1986–87, Rosenfeld, possibly to find some relief from the rigors of his wire pieces and/or also because he was always looking for the “next thing,” “something new,” Rosenfeld scooped up several reams of wallpaper, which had been discarded on the streets of his neighborhood. The series, in shades of oil pastels on paper, is partly personal—including such titles as The Artist as a Trigger-happy Cowboy, What Am I Who Am I? I Vant to be Alone and A pledge to myself, and then took on a religious tone, as in God-man, John, Jerome and Mary. A few of these works also call to mind the wild west, and Mexico, as in American Cowboy, American Cowgirl, Oceano Pacifico and Sueňo de Tlacotalpan.

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