James Rosenquist: House of Fire

James Rosenquist: 'House of Fire', 1981
Metropolitan Museum of Art, Purchase, Arthur Hoppock Hearn Fund, George A. Hearn Fund and Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 1982
Image via www.metmuseum.org
Image © James Rosenquist

Pop Art pioneer James Rosenquist dies at 83



American artist James Rosenquist, one of the pioneers of Pop Art in the United States, died on Friday in New York. He was 83 years old.

April 2nd, 2017, source: various

Born on November 29, 1933 in North Dakota, James Rosenquist soon moved -along with his family- to Minneapolis. He studied at the Minneapolis School of Art and at the University of Minnesota. When he was 21, he moved to New York to study at the Art Students League. In the early 60s, he emerged as one of the most important figures in the Pop Art movement.

The works of James Rosenquist has been the subject of several retrospectives, including the one held by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in 2003.

Art market for Rosenquist
In 1986, James Rosenquist's colossal ''F-111'' painting was sold for $2,090,000, an exceptional price at the time. More recently, a classic "White Bread" from 1964 was sold for $1,497,000 at Sotheby's, and was then purchased by the National Gallery of Art, Washington. In 2014, his "Be beautiful" (painted in 1964) fetched $3,301,000 at Sotheby's, the current auction record for the artist.


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