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James Rosenquist

American, 1933-2017

Although he insisted that he and his fellow Pop artists developed their art-making styles independently, American painter James Rosenquist belonged at the table with Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein.

Known for his distinctive use of visual montage, Rosenquist produced large, vibrantly colored tableaux marked by fragmentation and overlap. He often employed familiar motifs and objects drawn from popular contemporary culture — hot dogs, lipstick tubes, American flags — which he manipulated to form disorienting compositions whose constituent elements are nearly unrecognizable.

Born in North Dakota to Swedish parents, Rosenquist was encouraged to pursue painting by his mother, who was also an artist. He studied painting for two years at the University of Minnesota, but dropped out at the age of 21 to attend the Art Students League in New York on a scholarship. A job as a billboard painter in the late 1950s set him up to pursue his signature style, which borrowed its bold graphics and remixed kitschy aesthetic from the visual vocabulary of advertising. Works like Flamingo Capsule (1983) embody his trademark visual dissonance, drawing cigarette-ad motifs into conversation with stripes from the American flag and aluminum foil wrappers.

In addition to enormous paintings, Rosenquist created drawings, prints and collages. The 2011 lithograph The Memory Continues but the Clock Disappears is a montage of melting clocks and confetti, all submerged in a pool of water. While wryly hinting at the inevitability of decay and deterioration — suggesting that life is a ticking clock — the composition also alludes to Salvador Dalí's signature motif, the defining symbol of Surrealism. Such compositions demonstrate how Rosenquist masterfully combined seemingly incongruous elements into a harmonious and poetic whole.

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Through the Eyes of the Needle to the Anvil (Hand signed by James Rosenquist)
By James Rosenquist
Located in New York, NY
James Rosenquist Rosenquist at Leo Castelli (Hand Signed and inscribed by James Rosenquist), 1988 Offset Lithograph Poster (Hand Signed and Dedicated) Frame included: held in origina...
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1980s Pop Art James Rosenquist

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Permanent Marker, Lithograph, Offset

F-111 (Castelli Gallery Poster)
By James Rosenquist
Located in Hinsdale, IL
ROSENQUIST, JAMES (1933 - 2017) F-111 (Castelli Gallery Poster) Offset Lithograph c. 1965 Signed and dated in pencil along lower edge Sheet Size: 28” x 22”, Fresh ...
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1960s Pop Art James Rosenquist

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Lithograph, Offset

Echo Pale, From Mirrors of the Mind Portfolio, 1975
By James Rosenquist
Located in Brecon, Powys
James Rosenquist (American 1933-2017) Echo Pale, From Mirrors of the Mind Portfolio, 1975 signed and dated 'Rosenquist 1975' (lower right); titled and numbered 74/100 lithograph, un...
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1970s Pop Art James Rosenquist

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Lithograph

Ice Point
By James Rosenquist
Located in Austin, TX
145/150 Lithograph on Arches Cover paper Published by Visconti Fine Art and Lazo Vujic for the 1984 Winter Olympic Games, Milan, Italy Printed by Flatstone Studio Signed, dated, ti...
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1980s Other Art Style James Rosenquist

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Lithograph

Hot Lake (2nd State), Etching by James Rosenquist
By James Rosenquist
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: James Rosenquist, American (1933 - ) Title: Hot Lake (2nd State) Year: 1978 Medium: Aquatint Etching, Signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 78 Size: 23 in. x 40 in. (58.42 c...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist James Rosenquist

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Etching, Aquatint

Gene Swenson, Abstract Aquatint Etching by James Rosenquist
By James Rosenquist
Located in Long Island City, NY
For Gene Swenson by James Rosenquist, American (1933–2017) Date: 1978 Etching/Aquatint with Embossing on Pescia Italia Edition of 37/78 Size: 23 x 40 in. (58.42 x 101.6 cm) Frame Siz...
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1970s Contemporary James Rosenquist

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Etching

Wind and Lightning (State I)
By James Rosenquist
Located in Greenwich, CT
Wind and Lightning (State I) is an aquatint etching with pochoir on paper, 22.75 x 39.75 inches, signed 'James Rosenquist' and dated 1978 lower right; numbered 19/78 and titled lowe...
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20th Century Pop Art James Rosenquist

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Aquatint, Etching

For Gene Swenson (State II)
By James Rosenquist
Located in Greenwich, CT
For Gene Swenon (State II) is an aquatint etching on paper, 22.75 x 39.75 inches, signed 'Rosenquist' and dated 1978 lower right; numbered 67/78 and titled lower left. Framed in a c...
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20th Century Pop Art James Rosenquist

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Aquatint, Paper

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