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JAMES ROSENQUIST - Works and History

james_rosenquist_Circles_of_Confusion, 1965


Circles of Confusion (from 11 Pop Artists, Vol I) (1965)

Screenprint on beckett paper
signed // numbered

Edition 200

24 × 20 inches

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Black Star (1978)

Etching with colored aquatint, on wove paper
signed & numbered & dated

Edition 78

24 1/2 × 41 inches

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Curriculum Vitae

Born November 29 in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Parents Louis and Ruth Rosenquist of Swedish descent. Family settles in Minneapolis in 1942

Won junior high school scholarship to study art at the Minneapolis School of Art

1952 – 1954
Attended the University of Minneapolis and studied with Cameron Booth. Visited The Art Institute of Chicago to study old masters and 19th century paintings. Painted storage bins, grain elevators, and gasoline tanks during the summer. Works for General Outdoor Advertising, Minneapolis and painted commercial billboards

Received scholarship to the Art Students League, New York: studies with Morris Kantor, George Grosz and Edwin Dickinson

1957 – 1959
Became a member of the International Sign, Pictorial and Display Union, local 230. Employed by A.H. Villerpigue, Inc., General Outdoor Advertising, Brooklyn, and Artkraft Strauss Sign Corporation. Painted billboards in the Times Square area and other parts of New York

Quit working for Artkraft Strauss Sign Corporation. rents a loft at 3- Coenties Slip; neighbours include painters Jack Youngerman, Ellsworth Kelly, and Robert Indiana

Painted ’Zone’ (1961), first studio painting to employ commercial techniques

Commissioned by Philip Johnson to paint mural for the New York World’s Fair, New York State Pavilion. exhibits in ‘Americans 1963’ at the Museum of Modern Art in the ’Six painters and the object’ at the Solomon R Guggenheim museum

Moved to Long Island

Lobbied in Washington, D.C. with Marion Javits and Robert Rauschenberg for a law to allow artists to get a 15% royalty after the art work has been resold

Built a house and studio with Gilbert Flores, architect, in Aripeka, FL

Purchased building on Chamber Street, NY. In Florida, painted a number of 15 feet paintings for Leo Castelli

Appointed to six-year term as member of the National Council on the Arts, Washington, D.C.

Painted ‘Star Thief’, 17’ x 46’

F-111 is sold at Sotheby’s for $2.09 million for the estate of Robert C. Scull

Nominated into the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, New York

Received Golden Plate Award from the American Academy of Achievement, Nashville, Tennessee. Exhibits ‘Through the Eye of the Needle to the Anvil’ (1988), 17’ x 46’, at Leo Castelli gallery, New York

Completed ceiling mural for the Palais de Chaillot in Paris for the 50th anniversary signing of the Rights of Man by Eleanor Roosevelt

Lives and works in Aripeka, Florida, USA

Selected Exhibitions

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

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

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: 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
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

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)