JAMES ROSENQUIST BECAME WELL KNOWN IN THE 1960s AS A LEADING POP ARTIST ALONGSIDE CONTEMPORARIES ANDY WARHOL, ROY LICHTENSTEIN, CLAES OLDENBERG AND OTHER FIGURATIVE ARTISTS. HIS BACKGROUND IN COMMERCIAL ART DEEPLY INFLUENCED HIS FINE-ART CAREER AND RADICALLY CHANGED THE FACE OF THE ART WORLD. HE PASSED AWAY MARCH 31, 2017 AT THE AGE OF 83.
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We were saddened to hear of the loss of Pop Art pioneer James Rosenquist, but remain grateful that he left a legacy of inspiring art work by which to remember him. Here’s a quick look at some of our favorite pieces:
President Elect, 1960–61/1964. Oil on Masonite. 7′ 5 3/4″ x 12′ (228.0 x 365.8 cm). Centre Georges Pompidou, Musée National d’Art Moderne/Centre de Création Industrielle, Paris.
Installation view, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, 1970: Horizon Home Sweet Home, 1970. Oil on canvas, with aluminized polyester film and dry ice fog. 27 panels, each 102″ x 40″ (259.1 x 101.6 cm); overall dimensions variable, installad in a roomlike configuration. Collection of the artist.
Installation view, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, 1965: F-111, 1964–65. Oil on canvas and aluminum. 10′ x 86′ (3.05 x 26.21 m). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Purchase Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Alex L. Hillman (by exchange) and Lillie P. Bliss Bequest (by exchange).
Sheer Line, 1977. Oil on canvas. 6′ 9″ x 12′ 3″ (205.7 x 373.4 cm). Private Collection.
The Swimmer in the Econo-mist #3, 1997–98. Oil on shaped canvas. 13′ 2 1/4″ x 20′ 3/16″ (402.0 x 610.1 cm). Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Commissioned by Deutsche Bank AG in consultation with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation for the Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin.
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