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Rosenquist, James

James Rosenquist (born November 29, 1933)

Rosenquist is an American artist and one of the protagonists in the pop-art movement. From 1957 to 1960, he earned his living as a billboard painter. As it turned out, this was perfect training, for an artist set to explode onto the pop art scene. Rosenquist deftly applied sign-painting techniques to the large-scale paintings he began creating in 1960. Like other pop artists, Rosenquist adapted the visual language of advertising and pop culture

His hallmark is taking fragmented, oddly disproportionate images and combining, overlapping, and putting them on canvases to create visual stories. He has been the subject of several gallery and museum exhibitions, both in the United States and abroad. The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum organized a full-career retrospective in 2003.

 

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