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James Rosenquist | Visualising The Sixties | London

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    James Rosenquist | Visualising The Sixties | London
    10.09.2019 - 09.11.2019

The 1960s was a defining decade for James Rosenquist (1933–2017), one of the most revered and influential American artists of his generation. His paintings radically tested the possibilities of perception, of the image and of the painted medium itself, propelling him to the centre of art-world attention. At the forefront of his time and the nascent Pop art movement, he combined figurative painting techniques, collage and the use of found objects to convey the contradictions inherent to the American experience – juxtaposing John F. Kennedy and the American Dream with images relating to the Vietnam War, mass consumerism, segregation and technological innovation.

The first UK exhibition with an in-depth focus on this pivotal decade, James Rosenquist: Visualising The Sixties will not only illuminate why the early years of the artist's career were so ground-breaking, but will also demonstrate the innovative and experimental techniques Rosenquist employed throughout the decade, pushing the boundaries of his medium in an era that redefined the field of painting.

The exhibition will feature important paintings on both canvas and plastics that highlight his innovations as one of the earliest pioneers of experiential art, juxtaposed against rarely seen studies for some of his most iconic paintings which the artist kept private for most of his career. Casting new light on Rosenquist’s practice, influences and motivations – both within and beyond the realms of Pop art – the exhibition includes seminal works loaned from international museums and foundations, alongside those from the artist’s Estate and family.

Nearly sixty years ago James ('Jim') Rosenquist quit painting commercial billboards and theatre marquees in New York City and embarked on his fine art career. Within a year, he had created his first 'Pop' painting: Zone (1960–61). Within five years, he had completed what many consider a magnum opus: the room-installation F-111 (1964–65), now in the collection of The Museum of Modern Art in New York. And within ten years, Rosenquist was campaigning for artists’ rights in Congress as a leader alongside Robert Rauschenberg and other artists. From age twenty-seven to thirty-seven, he had grown from a young buck Pop artist who ruffled the artistic establishment to an esteemed insider, and an artist whose work Andy Warhol once described as his favourite.
– Sarah C. Bancroft, Executive Director, James Rosenquist Foundation

Further details to follow and images available upon request.

  • 10.09.2019 - 09.11.2019
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    Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac »

    37 DOVER STREET, LONDON W1S 4NJ T +44 (0) 20 3813 8400

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  • I want people who look at my paintings to be able to pass through the illusory surface of the canvas and enter a space where the ideas in my head collide with theirs. – James Rosenquist
    I want people who look at my paintings to be able to pass through the illusory surface of the canvas and enter a space where the ideas in my head collide with theirs. – James Rosenquist
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