Grand Forks, 1933 - 2017

James Rosenquist

One of the most important painters of post-war American Art, James Rosenquist was born in Grand Forks, North Dakota. He studied painting at the University of Minnesota with Cameron Booth. In 1955, he moved to New York having won a scholarship to the Art Students League, where he studied with Will Barnet, Edwin Dickinson and Robert Beverly Hale, among others. In 1957, he took a job painting billboards, working on scaffolds in Brooklyn and, a year later, high above Times Square. Rosenquist’s first solo exhibition at the Green Gallery in 1962 sold out and established Rosenquist’s reputation as a founding member of the Pop art generation. In 1965, after working a year on the painting, Rosenquist exhibited his iconic F-111, now in the collection of The Museum of Modern Art....

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Biography

One of the most important painters of post-war American Art, James Rosenquist was born in Grand Forks, North Dakota. He studied painting at the University of Minnesota with Cameron Booth. In 1955, he moved to New York having won a scholarship to the Art Students League, where he studied with Will Barnet, Edwin Dickinson and Robert Beverly Hale, among others. In 1957, he took a job painting billboards, working on scaffolds in Brooklyn and, a year later, high above Times Square. Rosenquist’s first solo exhibition at the Green Gallery in 1962 sold out and established Rosenquist’s reputation as a founding member of the Pop art generation. In 1965, after working a year on the painting, Rosenquist exhibited his iconic F-111, now in the collection of The Museum of Modern Art.

James Rosenquist’s work is included in major private and public collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Museum of Modern Art; the Whitney Museum of American Art; the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art; the Museum Ludwig, Cologne; the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; and the Moderna Museet, Stockholm. He has been the subject of retrospectives at the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Guggenheim Museum. In 2017, the Ludwig Museum organized his most recent retrospective James Rosenquist: Painting as Immersion which traveled to the ARoS Aahus Art Museum, Denmark.

Artworks

1

The Geometry of Fire, 2011

Related Categories

20th Century Art / 21st Century Art / Abstract Painting / Abstraction / American Art / Art after World War II / Art of the 2000s / Art of the 2010s / Art Students League / Bold Composition / Bright Colors / Canvas / Contemporary American Art / Large Scale Painting / Modern American Art / New York / Oil on Canvas / Oil Paint / Oil Painting / Painting / Pop Art / Reality and Fantasy/Illusion/Imagination / Rhythmic Expression / Sensory Experience / Space/Spatiality / United States

Curriculum Vitae

Education

  • 1956

    Art Students League, New York, NY (1955-1956)

  • 1954

    University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN (1952-1954)

  • 1947

    Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN

Selected Solo Exhibitions

  • 2019

    "James Rosenquist: Two Paintings," Kasmin Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2017

    “James Rosenquist: Painting as Immersion,” Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany and ARoS Aarhus Art Museum, Aarhus, Denmark

  • “James Rosenquist: Tampa,” University of Southern Florida, Tampa, FL

Collections

  • Ackland Art Museum, Chapel Hill, NC

  • Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY

  • Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH

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Curriculum Vitae

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Education

  • 1956

    Art Students League, New York, NY (1955-1956)

  • 1954

    University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN (1952-1954)

  • 1947

    Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN

Selected Solo Exhibitions

  • 2019

    "James Rosenquist: Two Paintings," Kasmin Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2017

    “James Rosenquist: Painting as Immersion,” Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany and ARoS Aarhus Art Museum, Aarhus, Denmark

  • “James Rosenquist: Tampa,” University of Southern Florida, Tampa, FL

  • 2016

    “Time Zones: James Rosenquist and Printmaking at the Millennium,” Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL

  • “Lifetime Achievement Award Exhibition: James Rosenquist,” Pacific Northwest College of Art, Center for Contemporary Art and Culture, Portland, OR

  • “James Rosenquist,” Judd Foundation, New York, NY

  • “James Rosenquist’s House of Fire: A Masterwork of American Pop Art,” Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu, HI

  • “James Rosenquist: The Collages, 1960-2010,” Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris Marais, Paris, France

  • “James Rosenquist: Four Decades, 1960-2010,” Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris Pantin, Paris, France

  • 2015

    “James Rosenquist: Tripartite Prints,” The Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington, NY

  • 2014

    “James Rosenquist: All Things are Devoid of Intrinsic Existence,” Wetterling Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden

  • “James Rosenquist: F-11 (South, West, North, East) and Drawings from the 70s,” Senior and Shopmaker Gallery, New York, NY

  • “James Rosenquist: Illustrious Works on Paper, Illuminating Paintings,” Oklahoma State University Museum of Art, Stillwater, OK and Syracuse University Art Galleries, Syracuse, NY

  • 2013

    “James Rosenquist: An Exhibition Celebrating His 80th Birthday,” North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks, ND

  • “James Rosenquist: A Pale Angel’s Halo and Slipping off the Continental Divide,” Richard L. Feigen and Co., New York, NY

  • “James Rosenquist’s ‘High Technology and Mysticism: A Meeting Point’,” Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL

  • 2012

    “James Rosenquist: F-11,” The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

  • “James Rosenquist,” Leslie Sacks Contemporary, Santa Monica, CA

  • “James Rosenquist: Multiverse You Are, I Am,” Acquavella Contemporary Art, Inc., New York, NY

  • 2010

    “James Rosenquist: The Hole in the Middle of Time and the Hole in the Wallpaper,” Acquavella Contemporary Art, Inc., New York, NY

  • 2009

    “James Rosenquist: Speed of Light Lithograph Series,” DaFeng Gallery, Beijing, China

  • 2008

    “James Rosenquist: The Hole in the Center of Time,” Jablonka Galerie, Berlin, Germany

  • 2007

    “James Rosenquist: The Speed of Light and Beyond,” Silvermine Guild Arts Center. New Canaan, CT

  • “James Rosenquist: Time Blades,” Acquavella Contemporary, Inc., New York, NY

  • 2006

    “James Rosenquist,” Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL

  • “Welcome to the Water Planet: Paperworks by James Rosenquist,” National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia

  • “James Rosenquist: Print Retrospective, 1965-2005,” Carl Solway Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

  • “James Rosenquist,” Haunch of Vension, London, United Kingdom

  • 2005

    “James Rosenquist: Ten Paintings, 1965-2004 Collage, 1987,” Givon Art Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel

  • “James Rosenquist: Monochromes,” Acquavella Contemporary Art, Inc., New York, NY

  • 2004

    “James Rosenquist: Prints from the ‘80s and’90s,” Godt-Cleary Projects, Las Vegas, NV

  • “James Rosenquist: Welcome to the Water Planet,” Galerie ArtPoint der Ferratec AG, Rudolfstetten, Switzerland

  • 2003

    “James Rosenquist: A Retrospective,” The Menil Collection and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain and Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany

  • “James Rosenquist: Recent Paintings,” McClain Gallery, Houston, TX

  • “James Rosenquist: Selected Works on Paper,” Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, NY

  • “James Rosenquist Prints: A Mini-Retrospective,” Jim Kempner Fine Art, New York, NY

  • “James Rosenquist,” AXA Gallery, New York, NY

  • “James Rosenquist,” Robert Miller Gallery Temporary Annex Space, New York, NY

  • “James Rosenquist: Collages,” Jacobson Howard Gallery, New York, NY

  • “Rosenquist in Florida: Major Prints,” Barbara Gillman Gallery, Miami, FL

  • 2001

    “James Rosenquist: The Stowaway Peers Out at the Speed of Light,” Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY

  • “James Rosenquist: The Florida Years 1976-2001,” Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL

  • 2000

    “James Rosenquist Paintings/James Rosenquist Selects Dalí,” Salvador Dalí Museum, St. Petersburg, FL

Collections

  • Ackland Art Museum, Chapel Hill, NC

  • Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY

  • Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH

  • Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada

  • Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

  • The Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD

  • Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL

  • The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY

  • California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

  • Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA