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1933-2017

James Rosenquist, born in 1933 in Grand Forks, North Dakota, was one of the most important American artists of the postwar era. In 1955 Rosenquist left the Midwest for New York City, where he received his artistic training at the Art Students League amidst the popularity of Abstract Expressionism and artists such as Willem de Kooning. His artistic education led to a brief, but significant, career as a billboard painter, where he spent his days perched on scaffolding high above Times Square.

In the 1960s Rosenquist transformed the visual language of commercial painting onto his canvases, filling his large-scale pictures with fragmented advertising imagery in bright Day-Glo colors. Rosenquist’s paintings of this era, such as the iconic F-111 (1965) in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, are pictorial critiques of contemporary American culture and he is considered a pioneer of the Pop Art movement along with fellow artists Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. Rosenquist’s paintings since the 1970’s have retained his trademark aesthetic and focus primarily on geo-political, existential and environmental themes.

The work of James Rosenquist is represented in major private and public collections worldwide, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art and the Tate Modern in London. Aside from his many gallery and museum exhibitions, James Rosenquist has had more than fifteen retrospectives, with two at the Whitney Museum of American Art. In 2003-2004 the Guggenheim Museum organized a retrospective that traveled to Houston, New York, Bilbao and Wolfsburg. His 2009 autobiography Painting Below Zero: Notes on a Life in Art is a best-seller.

Photo by Russ Blaise, 1988.

James Rosenquist, Above the Square, 1963
James Rosenquist: His American Life
October 25 - December 7, 2018
Ed Ruscha, Rusty Silencers, 1979
Off Canvas: Drawing
April 14 – June 11, 2015
Roy Lichenstein, Still Life with Pallette, 1971
The Pop Object: The Still Life Tradition in Pop Art
April 9 – May 23, 2013
James Rosenquist, Parallel Worlds, 2012
James Rosenquist
Multiverse You Are, I Am September 9 – October 12, 2012
James Rosenquist, F-111, 1965
James Rosenquist at MoMA
F-111 on view in The Werner and Elaine Dannheisser Gallery, Fourth Floor January 26, 2012 – May 5, 1905
Andy Warhol, Ethel Scull 36 Times, 1963
Robert & Ethel Scull: Portrait of a Collection
April 12 – May 26, 2010
James Rosenquist, Time Stops but the Clock Disappears, 2008
James Rosenquist:
The Hole in the Middle of Time and The Hole in the Wallpaper February 17 – March 18, 2010
James Rosenquist, Time Blade, 2007
James Rosenquist: Time Blades
October 30 – December 13, 2007
James Rosenquist, Snow Fence I, 1973
James Rosenquist - Monochromes
October 3 – November 10, 2005
Three Dimensions cover
Three Dimensions: Modern and Contemporary Approaches to Relief and Sculpture
September 25 - November 17, 2017
The Pop Object cover
The Pop Object: The Still Life Tradition in Pop Art
April 10 - May 24, 2013
catalogue cover
Masterworks from Degas to Rosenquist
Masterworks from Degas to Rosenquist February 6 - April 6, 2012
Rosenquist cover Multiverse
James Rosenquist
Multiverse You Are, I Am September 2012
Robert & Ethel Scull: Portrait of a Collection Catalogue Cover
Robert & Ethel Scull
Portrait of a Collection Spring 2010
James Rosenquist Time Blades Catalogue Cover
James Rosenquist
Time Blades Fall 2007
James Rosenquist Monochromes Catalogue Cover
James Rosenquist: Monochromes
(OUT OF PRINT) Fall 2005
James Rosenquist, White Bread, 1964
The Wall Street Journal Magazine
Pops of Color October 25, 2018
Harper's Bazaar Logo
Harper's Bazaar
Eleanor Acquavella's Guide to Art Basel Miami Beach December 2, 2015

The art dealer extraordinaire shares what to see and do in Miami.

Art & Auction
In the Studio: James Rosenquist February 2014
New York Post
Artsy 80th bash for James Rosenquist November 26, 2013
North Dakota Museum of Art
James Rosenquist Exhibition Celebrating His 80th Birthday August 22 - December 1, 2013
The National
Five Artists and New Acquisitions for the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi May 13, 2013
The Wall Street Journal
Destruction All around March 10-11, 2012
New York Observer
GALLERISTny February 2, 2012

Vanity Fair
VF Daily January 30, 2012
Art & Auction
Calculating Value: Roy Lichentstein & James Rosenquist October 2011
ARTINFO
Ben Stiller and David Zwirner Exult as Christie's Star-Packed "Artists for Haiti" Sale Tops $13 Million September 23, 2011
VOGUE
PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT... ART: ACTS OF FAITH September 2009
Bloomberg News
Painter Rosenquist Savors Zeta-Jones Wet Kisses, Survives Fire February 23, 2010

New York Magazine
110 Minutes With ... James Rosenquist December 7, 2009

ARTnews
22 Stories Above Times Square November 2009

New York Times
Rosenquist Writ Large, By Himself October 28, 2009

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