James Rosenquist, ‘Spaghetti’, 1970, Robert Fontaine Gallery

James Rosenquist was born in 1933 in Grand Forks, North Dakota. In 1955, he moved to New York City on scholarship to study at the Art Students League. Major solo exhibitions have been held at the Miami Art Museum, the National Gallery of Australia, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York and Bilbao and the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Rosenquist is held in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Deutsche Guggenheim in Berlin, the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Rosenquist lives and works in Aripeka, Florida.

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About James Rosenquist

Leading Pop artist James Rosenquist—who came to prominence among New York School figures like Roy Lichtenstein, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, and Willem de Kooning—is well known for his large-scale, fragmented works that bring the visual language of commercial painting onto canvas (notably, from 1957-60, Rosenquist earned his living as a billboard painter). In his use of mass-produced goods and vernacular culture rendered in an anonymous style, Rosenquist's work recalls that of Andy Warhol, while his seemingly irrational, mysterious pictorial combinations owe a debt to Surrealism. His breakthrough work, the iconic F-111 (1965)—51 panels that total over 22 by 24 feet—juxtaposes an American fighter plane with a Firestone tire, garish orange tinned spaghetti, and a young girl under a hair dryer.

American, 1933-2017, Grand Forks, North Dakota, based in Aripeka, Florida

Exhibition Highlights

Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, 
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