- James Rosenquist
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name = James Rosenquist
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caption = Photo of James Rosenquist in his Aripeka, Florida studio, 1988. Photo by Russ Blaise
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nationality = American
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James Rosenquist (born
November 29, 1933) is an acclaimed American artistand one of the protagonists in the pop-artmovement.
Background and education
He was born in
Grand Forks, North Dakotaand grew up as an only child. His parents moved from town to town to look for work, finally settling in Minneapolis. His mother, who was also a painter, encouraged her son to have an artistic interest. In junior high school, Rosenquist won a short-term scholarship to study at the Minneapolis School of Art and subsequently studied painting at the University of Minnesotafrom 1952to 1954. In 1955, at the age of 21, he moved to New York City on scholarship to study at the Art Students League. [citation | title= In the Studio: James Rosenquist| author=Jeffrey Kastner | publisher=ARTINFO | year=2007 | date= November 22, 2007 | url=http://www.artinfo.com/news/story/25939/in-the-studio-james-rosenquist/ | accessdate=2008-04-21 ]
Early Years and Pop
1957to 1960, he earned his living as a billboard painter. This was perfect training, as it turned out, for an artist about to explode onto the pop artscene. Rosenquist deftly applied sign-painting techniques to the large-scale paintings he began creating in 1960. Like other pop artists, Rosenquist adapted the visual language of advertisingand pop culture(often funny, vulgar, and outrageous) to the context of fine art. Rosenquist achieved international acclaim in 1965with the room-scale painting "F-111".
Rosenquist has stated the following about his involvement in the Pop Art movement: "They(art critics) called me a Pop artist because I used recognizable imagery. The critics like to group people together. I didn't meet
Andy Warholuntil 1964. I did not really know Andy or Roy Lichtensteinthat well. We all emerged separately." [ [http://www.myartspace.com/blog/2008/04/art-space-talk-james-rosenquist.html "Art Space Talk: James Rosenquist"] , "Myartspace", 04 April 2008. Retrieved 16 May 2008.]
His specialty is taking fragmented, oddly disproportionate images and combining, overlapping, and putting them on canvases to create stories you can see. This can leave viewers breathless, making them consider even the most familiar objects (a
U-Haultrailer, or a box of Oxydol detergent, etc.) in more abstract and provocative ways.
In addition to painting, he has produced a vast array of prints, drawings and
collages. One of his prints, "Time Dust" ( 1992), is thought to be the largest print in the world, measuring approximately 7 x 35 feet.
Rosenquist has received numerous honors, including selection as "Art In America Young Talent USA" in
1963, appointment to a six-year term on the Board of the National Council of the Artsin 1978, and receiving the Golden Plate Awardfrom the American Academy of Achievementin 1988. In 2002, the Fundación Cristóbal Gabarrónconferred upon him its annual international award for art, in recognition of his great contributions to universal culture.
Since his first early career retrospectives in
1972organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, and the Wallraf-Richartz Museum, Cologne, he has been the subject of several gallery and museum exhibitions, both in the United States and abroad. He continues to produce large-scale commissions, including the recent three-painting suite "The Swimmer" in the Econo-mist ( 1997– 1998) for Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin, Germany, and a painting planned for the ceiling of the Palais de Chaillotin Paris, France. His work has continued to develop in exciting ways and is an ongoing influence on younger generations of artists. A note of interest would be that "F-111" was mentioned in a chapter of "Polaroids from the Dead" by Douglas Coupland.
* [http://www.jimrosenquist-artist.com/ Rosenquist's official site] (Requires
* [http://www.apo442.com/folio/lightbox_1.htm Photographs of James Rosenquist by photographer Russ Blaise]
* [http://www.deutsche-bank-kunst.com/art/2003/14/e/4/147.php Interview with db artmag]
* [http://www.popartmasters.com/toc.html#masters Pop Art Masters - James Rosenquist]
* [http://www.artinfo.com/news/story/25939/in-the-studio-james-rosenquist In the Studio: James Rosenquist]
* [http://www.myartspace.com/blog/2008/04/art-space-talk-james-rosenquist.html Interview with Myartspace]
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