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James Rosenquist (American b. 1933)


James Rosenquist, a key figure in the American pop art movement, is a painter, printmaker and sculptor. Born and raised in North Dakota, he studied at the Minneapolis School of Art, the University of Minnesota, and the Arts Student League in New York. Supporting himself as a young artist, Rosenquist worked as a billboard painter, an experience which informed the work he has become most known for. Large scale compositions with overlapping fragments of commercial imagery define his style. These collage-like configurations comment of the ubiquity of the consumer world in western culture. Provoking the viewer to construct meaning through association, many of his works deal with sexual or political content. Rosenquist has had major retrospective exhibitions at The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York and the Wallraf-Richartz Museum, Cologne, as well as a more recent exhibition organized by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York in 2003.

James Rosenquist 1988.

Photo by Russ Blaise.



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