James Rosenquist

Born in 1933 in Grand Forks, North Dakota, James Rosenquist

studied art at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts as a teenager and

at the University of Minnesota between 1952 and 1954, painting

billboards during the summers. In 1955, he moved to New York to

study at the Art Students League. He left the school after one

year, and in 1957 returned to life as a commercial artist, painting

billboards in Times Square and across the city. By 1960, he had

quit painting billboards and rented a small studio space in

Manhattan where his neighbors included artists Robert Indiana,

Ellsworth Kelly, and Jack Youngerman. In 1962, he had his first solo

exhibition at the Green Gallery in New York, and afterward was

included in a number of groundbreaking group exhibitions that

established Pop art as a movement.

Rosenquist achieved international acclaim with his room-scale painting, F-111 (1965). In

addition to painting, he has produced a vast array of prints, drawings, and collages; his

print Time Dust (1992) is thought to be the largest print in the world, measuring seven by 35

feet. The artist has received numerous honors; he was selected as the Art in America

Young Talent Painter in 1963, appointed to a six-year term on the Board of the National

Council on the Arts in 1978, and nominated as a member of the American Academy and

Institute of Arts and Letters in 1987.

Since his first early career retrospectives in 1972 organized by the Whitney Museum of

American Art and the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum, Cologne, he has been the subject of

gallery and museum exhibitions in the U.S. and internationally.

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