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Leading Pop artist James Rosenquist—who came to prominence among New York School figures like Roy LichtensteinJasper JohnsRobert Rauschenberg, and Willem de Kooning—is well known for his large-scale, fragmented works that bring the visual language of commercial painting onto canvas (notably, from 1957-60, Rosenquist earned his living as a billboard painter). In his use of mass-produced goods and vernacular culture rendered in an anonymous style, Rosenquist's work recalls that of Andy Warhol, while his seemingly irrational, mysterious pictorial combinations owe a debt to Surrealism. His breakthrough work, the iconic F-111 (1965)—51 panels that total over 22 by 24 feet—juxtaposes an American fighter plane with a Firestone tire, garish orange tinned spaghetti, and a young girl under a hair dryer.

Courtesy of Artsy


James Rosenquist

The Persistence of Electrons in Space, 1987

etching and aquatint on woven paper

40h x 36 1/2w in


James Rosenquist

Derriere I'Etoile, 1977

Lithograph in colors

36 1/2h x 74w in

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