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James Rosenquist (1933 – 2017) was born in 1933 in Grand Forks, North Dakota, growing up in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In Junior High School, Rosenquist won a short-term scholarship to study at the Minneapolis School of Art, after which he went on to study painting at the University of Minnesota from 1952 to 1954. In 1955, he moved to New York to study at the Art Students League under the guidance of Edwin Dickinson and George Grosz.
Rosenquist joined the International Brotherhood of Painters and Allied Trades, opening up jobs such as painting billboards around Times Square, becoming the lead painter for Artkraft-Strauss and painting shop displays and windows on Fifth Avenue. Rosenquist had his first two solo exhibitions at the Green Gallery in 1962 and 1963, and in 1971 moved to South Florida to participate in the University of South Florida’s Graphicstudio collaboration. Rosenquist continued to exhibit and teach there, ultimately setting up his own Aripeka studio in 1976. Rosenquist has received numerous honours for his services to the arts, including his appointment as “Art in America Young Talent USA” in 1963, appointment to the Board of the National Council of the Arts in 1978 and receiving the Golden Plate Award from the American Academy of Achievement in 1998.
The first retrospective in his honour was in 1972 at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, and the Wallraf-Richartz Museum, Cologne. The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum organized a full retrospective in 2003 which travelled internationally, and his F-11 was exhibited at the Jewish Museum in 1965.
Rosenquist is collected worldwide, including by the Robert Fontaine Gallery, Miami; Puccio Fine Art; Woodward Gallery; ROGALLERY; the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) New York and the Tate.
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