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James Rosenquist


James  Rosenquist

Born: 1933
Died: 2017


Born in 1933 in Grand Forks, North Dakota, James Rosenquist studied art at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts as a teenager and at the University of Minnesota between 1952 and 1954, painting billboards during the summers. In 1955 he moved to New York to study at the Art Students League. He left the school after one year, and in 1957 returned to life as a commercial artist, painting billboards in Times Square and across the city. By 1960, he had quit painting billboards and rented a small studio space in Manhattan where his neighbors included artists Robert Indiana, Ellsworth Kelly, and Jack Youngerman. In 1962, he had his first solo exhibition at the Green Gallery in New York, and afterward was included in a number of groundbreaking group exhibitions that established Pop art [more] as a movement. Rosenquist achieved international acclaim with his room-scale painting, F-111 (1965). In addition to painting, he has produced a vast array of prints, drawings and collages; his print Time Dust (1992) is thought to be the largest print in the world, measuring seven by 35 feet.

The artist has received numerous honors; he was selected as the Art in America Young Talent Painter in 1963, appointed to a six-year term on the Board of the National Council on the Arts in 1978, and nominated as a member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters in 1987. Since his first early career retrospectives in 1972 organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum, Cologne, he has been the subject of gallery and museum exhibitions in the U.S. and internationally. He continues to produce large-scale commissions, including the recent three-painting suite The Swimmer in the Econo-mist (1997–98) for Deutsche Guggenheim Berlin, and has a painting planned for the ceiling of the Palais de Chaillot in Paris. From his early days as a billboard painter to his recent masterful use of abstract painting techniques, Rosenquist has demonstrated his interest in and mastery of color, line, and shape that continues to dazzle audiences and influence younger generations of artists.


Curriculum Vitae


Legacy: The Emily Fisher Landau Collection - Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL The Pop Object: The Still Life Tradition in Pop Art - Acquavella Galleries, Inc., New York City, NY


James Rosenquist: F-111 - MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY James Rosenquist - Greenfield Sacks Gallery, Santa Monica, CA


The Hole In The Middle Of Time And The Hole In The Wallpaper - Acquavella Galleries, Inc., New York City, NY


Jacobson Howard Gallery, New York, NY Fisher Landau Center for Art, Long Island City, NY Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, University of California, Berkeley, CA Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, NY Armand Bartos Fine Art, New York, NY Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY Acquavella Galleries, Art Basel 2009, Basel, Switzerland


Pop and Op, Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn Harbor, NY Modern Prints - Klassische Moderne bis Pop Art, Galerie Proarta, Zurich, Switzerland J. Rosenquist, D. LaChapelle, S. Levine, P.Taaffe: REVERB, Jablonka Galerie, Berlin, Germany James Rosenquist: The Hole in the Center of Time, Jablonka Galerie, Berlin, Germany


When Art Worlds Colldie - The 60's, Woodward Gallery, New York, NY James Rosenquist: Time Blades, Acquavella Galleries, New York, NY (solo) James Rosenquist: The Speed of Light and Beyond, Silvermine Guild Arts Center, New Canaan, CT (solo)


Works on Paper, Thomas McCormick Gallery, Chicago, IL James Rosenquist, Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL (solo)


James Rosenquist: Monochromes, Acquavella Contemporary Art, Inc., New York, NY (solo)


James Rosenquist: Welcome to the Water Planet, Galerie ArtPoint der Ferratec AG, Rudolfstetten, Switzerland (solo) A Retrospective The Menil Collection and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX (Moving to the Soloman R. Guggenheim Museum, New York and Guggenheim, Bilbao) James Rosenquist: Recent Paintings’at Robert McClain Gallery, Houston, TX American Pop Icons at the Guggenheim Hermitage Museum at the Venetian, Las Vegas, NV James Rosenquist Collages Opening exhibition at Jacobson Howard, New York, NY


James Rosenquist: Selected Works on Paper, Leo Castelli, New York, NY (solo)


James Rosenquist: The Stowaway Peers Out at the Speed of Light, Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY (solo)


James Rosenquist: Paintings/James Rosenquist: Selects Dali at the Salvador Dali Museum, St. Petersburg, FL


One Man exhibition entitled Meteors: New Paintings at Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, CO (solo) The Swimmer in the Econo-mist was shown at the opening exhibition of the Massachusetts Guggenheim Museum of Contemporary Art


The Summer in the Econo-mist is exhibited at the Deutsche Guggenheim Berlin, Germany New Paintings, After Berlin shown at Feigen Contemporary, New York, NY


Singapore shown at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac in Paris, France New works exhibited at Wetterling Teo Gallery in Singapore James Rosenquist: Three Large Paintings, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France (solo) The Graphics of James Rosenquist, Center for Contemporary Graphic Art and Tyler Graphics (solo)


Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac in Paris, France and Salzburg, Austria and a Feigen Incorporated in Chicago, IL (solo) James Rosenquist: 4 E 77 St 1970 Revisited and New Paper Constructions from Gemini G.E.L., Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, NY (solo)


PYO Gallery in Seoul, South Korea and Civico Museo Revoltella in Trieste, Italy (solo)


Commemorates 30 years with Leo Castelli Gallery with the exhibition ‘The Big paintings, Thirty Years’ Wetterling Teo Gallery, Singapore (solo)


Recent painting exhibitions at Leo Castelli Gallery, New York and Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac in Salzburg, Austria Gift Wrapped Doll paintings exhibited at Feigen Incorporated, Chicago, IL The Complete Graphics: 1962—1992, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN The Serenade for the Doll after Claude Debussy or Gift Wrapped Dolls, Akira Ikeda Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (solo)


The Early Picture 1961-64 exhibited at Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY


Retrospective exhibition at the Central Hall of Artists, Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow and at IVAM Centre Julio Gonzalez, Valencia, Spain


Exhibits Through the Eye of the Needle to the Anvil (1988), 17’ x 46’, at Leo Castelli gallery, New York, NY


James Rosenquist and Maurice Sanchez: Artist and Printer, A Decade of Collaboration 1972—82, Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA


House of Fire, Castelli-Feigen-Corcoran Gallery, New York, NY (solo)


Exhibits Four New Clear Women (1982), 17’ x 24’, for the Four Seasons Restaurant, New York, NY Exhibits Star Thief at Centre for the Fine Arts, Miami, FL


Exhibits Star Thief in one-man exhibition at Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, NY (solo)


James Rosenquist, Galerie Ileana Sonnabend, Paris, France (solo)


Nine Large Drawings, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia (solo)


Rosenquist: Drawings, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, NY (solo)




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