James Rosenquist

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James Rosenquist, "Brighter than the Sun"
Oil on canvas
57 x 90 inches
James Rosenquist, "The Bird of Paradise Approaches the Hot Water Planet"
Oil on canvas
105 x 85 inches
James Rosenquist, "Time Points"
Oil and acrylic on canvas with clock mechanism and hands
73 x 86 inches

Artist Biography

James Rosenquist


James Rosenquist, born in 1933 in Grand Forks, North Dakota, is one of the most important American artists of our time. 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 1960’s 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.

Selected Press

Art & Auction  In the Studio: James Rosenquist  February 2014   PDF (4.7 MB)
New York Post  Artsy 80th bash for James Rosenquist  November 26, 2013   PDF (651 K)
North Dakota Museum of Art  James Rosenquist Exhibition Celebrating His 80th Birthday  August 22 - December 1, 2013   PDF (0.9 MB)
The National  Five Artists and New Acquisitions for the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi  May 13, 2013   PDF (1 MB)
The Wall Street Journal  Destruction All around  March 10-11, 2012   PDF (413 K)
New York Observer  GALLERISTny
Vanity Fair  VF Daily  January 30, 2012   PDF (7.4 MB)
Art & Auction  Calculating Value: Roy Lichentstein & James Rosenquist  October 2011   PDF (1.1 MB)
ARTINFO  Ben Stiller and David Zwirner Exult as Christie's Star-Packed "Artists for Haiti" Sale Tops $13 Million  September 23, 2011   PDF (68 K)
Bloomberg News  Painter Rosenquist Savors Zeta-Jones Wet Kisses, Survives Fire  February 23, 2010   PDF (49 K)
New York Magazine  110 Minutes With ... James Rosenquist  December 7, 2009   PDF (1.3 MB)
ARTnews  22 Stories Above Times Square  November 2009   PDF (0.9 MB)
New York Times  Rosenquist Writ Large, By Himself  October 28, 2009   PDF (16 MB)

Gallery Exhibitions


James Rosenquist: Monochromes  (OUT OF PRINT)  View

James Rosenquist  Time Blades  View

Masterworks from Degas to Rosenquist  Masterworks from Degas to Rosenquist  View
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James Rosenquist  Multiverse You Are, I Am  View

The Pop Object: The Still Life Tradition in Pop Art  View
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