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James Rosenquist (American, 1933- )

James Rosenquist is a painter, printmaker and sculptor who became a major figure of Pop Art in the 1960s. Born in Grand Forks, North Dakota, he studied painting at the University of Minnesota while supporting himself as a billboard painter. In 1955, he moved to New York, where he attended the Art Students League, painted billboards in Times Square, and befriended Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns. Rosenquist appropriated advertising imagery in his billboard-sized paintings and his silkscreens and lithographs, addressing such Pop Art subject matter as sex, consumerism, and anti-war themes.
- Sarah Dawson

Selected Bibliography
Varian, E.H. James Rosenquist: Graphics Retrospective. Sarasota, Fl.: Ringling Museum, 1979).

Lippard, Lucy. Pop Art. London: Thames and Hudson, 1966.

Swenson, G.R. "The F-111: An Interview with James Rosenquist." Partisan Review (Autumn 1965): 589-601.


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