The Tampa Museum of Art celebrates the life and art of James Rosenquist (American, 1933-2017) in the exhibition James Rosenquist: In Memoriam. A pioneer of Pop Art and one of the 20th century’s most acclaimed artists, Rosenquist divided his time between New York City and Aripeka, Florida, where he maintained an office and studio. He often collaborated with USF’s Graphicstudio, and is regarded as one of the area’s most beloved and influential artists. Rosenquist’s involvement with our community included his tenure as Counselor to the Board of Trustees, an advisory role at the Tampa Museum of Art. James Rosenquist: In Memoriam features 11 prints, many large-scale, from the Museum’s permanent collection. Spanning 25 years of printmaking from 1975-2000, this intimate exhibition highlights the vibrant, graphic style that defines Rosenquist’s artistic legacy.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website
Whether or not you go, James Rosenquist: Four Decades: 1970–2010 offers a selective survey of the artist’s work since the 1970s, touching on themes as multifaceted as aesthetics, geopolitics, technology, ecology, outer space and time travel. A selection of the artist’s rarely seen collages of source material is also included in this volume, offering a glimpse into the thought process behind Rosenquist’s meticulously finished paintings.
Raised in the Midwest, James Rosenquist worked as a billboard painter before rising to fame in the 1960s as a leading figure of the Pop art movement alongside contemporaries Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Claes Oldenburg. Drawing on his experience as a billboard painter, Rosenquist’s work plays on the iconography and style of advertising and mass media to create distinctive compositions that explore the culture of capitalism.
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