James Rosenquist

    November 5, 2019 - November 5, 2019
    London ELY HOUSE

    Doors: 6.30pm

    Screening & Discussion: 7pm

    Limited capacity, please RSVP to reserve a seat. Seats will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

    The event will be live-streamed on our Instagram channel. 


    Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac is delighted to present an unseen film documenting Hans Ulrich Obrist's (Artistic Director, Serpentine Galleries) interview with James Rosenquist, which forms part of Obrist's ongoing 'Interview Project', an expansive series spanning over three decades of conversations with artists, architects, curators and cultural commentators of our time. 

    This is the first screening of the discussion that took place between Rosenquist and Obrist in Miami in 2005. Their broad-ranging conversation touches on topics as diverse as Frank Gehry, Marcel Duchamp, Hollywood movies and Eastern literature. The film gives unique insight into Rosenquist's influences and the rich ideas informing his work, while highlighting Obrist's enormous skill as an interviewer, offering viewers a sense of the pioneering artist in all his complexity. 

    The film will be introduced by a short discussion between Hans Ulrich Obrist and Julia Peyton-Jones (Senior Global Director: Special Projects) looking at the 'Interview Project', in general terms, and Obrist's observations about Rosenquist, in particular, as well as some of the many artists and architects Obrist has spoken with over the course of the series.  


    [Left: James Rosenquist in his Aripeka Florida Studio, 1988 © Russ Blaise. Right: Hans Ulrich Obrist © Wolfgang Tillmans.]

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  • Painting as Immersion
    April 14, 2018 - August 19, 2018
    ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum
    Aros Allé 2
    Aarhus, Denmark

    The last great American pop artist James Rosenquist, who died last year, is remembered as one of the most influential artists in pop art. Since the 1950s, he, along with Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, innovated the art scene to be about much more than paintings in golden frames. His paintings went beyond any known conventions – quite literally. In the 1960s, he started working with enormous sized art pieces, a task he was familiar with through his work as a billboard painter. Walking through the exhibition, one will find that many of Rosenquist's large-scale pieces stretch beyond one's field of view.

    The exhibition is structured around three central and monumental artworks. These three giant multi-panel paintings each make out a room: from the iconic pop art piece Horse Blinders (1968) to Horizon Home Sweet Home (1970), which bolsters the idea of the painting as an illusion with its mirror-panels and dramatic dry ice fog, and finally the overwhelming three-painting suite The Swimmer in the Econo-mist (1997-98), owned by the Guggenheim, New York, which stretches over an impressive 27 meters. These three independent installations are complemented with several more essential pieces of art, which stretches from the artist's premier work in the early 1960s on to 2011.

    A key aspect of the exhibition is furthermore the introduction to the process of the artist; his initial work with transforming popular culture images, ads, and magazines into collages, which later would inspire his gigantic paintings. ARoS showcases a total of 52 artworks, along with relevant archival material. The museum's close cooperation with Rosenquist Studio has allowed us to include these collages and early work, which have never been exhibited before.



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  • James Rosenquist. Works on paper
    March 24, 2018 - June 17, 2018

    OPENING: Saturday, 24 March, 6 p.m

    Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Casa Cavazzini, Udine

    In 1963, the exhibition Six Painters and The Object was opened at the Guggenheim Museum: American Pop Art was beginning and among those six painters were artists like Jim Dine, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol and James Rosenquist. A year after his death, the exhibition James Rosenquist is dedicated to the latter Works on paper / Works on Paper , an exhibition organized by the Municipality of Udine-Civici Musei and ERPaC , Regional Body for Cultural Heritage, aims to reconstruct the main stages of his artistic career , focusing specifically on his extensive works on paper. Hours and tickets 

    The exhibition will be inaugurated on March 24 at 18.00 at Casa Cavazzini in the presence of the artist's wife, Mimi Thompson, and his daughter, Lily, who will come to Udine for the occasion. Til the 17 June 2018, in the halls of the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Udine, you will be able to admire thirty-five works by the American artist. It will mostly comprise of engravings, drawings and collages, mostly from US private collections, which outline the evolution of his work from the beginning of the Sixties, to the latest.

    The exhibition will include works such as Spaghetti & Grass or Dusting off Roses(both of 1965) that mark the beginning of the artist's career in the field of art graphics. It follows on to significant masterpieces, such as the color lithographic series entitled Speed ​​of Light from the late nineties, along an itinerary that reconstructs visually Rosenquist's career.

    The exhibition was created in partnership with illycaffè , which whom the American painter had a special relationship: it was Rosenquist, in fact, to realize, in the mid-90s, the logo for the Trieste company. Also on display will be the painting by Rosenquist as a tribute to illycaffè, from which the logo known today is taken.

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  • Paint­ing as Im­mer­sion
    November 18, 2017 - March 4, 2018
    Museum Ludwig
    Cologne, Germany

    In a ma­jor ex­hi­bi­tion by James Rosen­quist (1933–2017), for the first time ev­er the Mu­se­um Lud­wig will pre­sent works by this renowned rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Amer­i­can Pop Art in the con­text of their cul­tu­r­al, so­cial, and po­lit­i­cal di­men­sions. Along with archive ma­te­rials and doc­u­ments de­sig­nat­ed by the artist as source ma­te­rials, some of which have not pre­vi­ous­ly been ex­hi­b­it­ed, the show will re­veal a his­tor­i­cal cos­mos. Af­ter all, James Rosen­quist’s com­po­si­tions are to a large ex­tent the re­sult of his marked in­ter­est in the po­lit­i­cal events of his time.

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  • James Rosenquist (1933 – 2017)
    March 31, 2017 - March 31, 2017

    Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac is deeply saddened by the loss of James Rosenquist who passed away on Friday, March 31st at the age of 83. He will be remembered as one of the greatest artists of the 20th century and a pioneer of Pop Art.

    James Rosenquist (1933-2017) was born in Grand Forks, North Dakota. In 1955 he went to New York to study art at the Art Students League with renowned teachers such as German Dadaist George Grosz and Edwin Dickinson. Drawing upon his experience as a billboard painter he started incorporating images from mass media and advertising into large-scale canvases in the 1960s. He portrayed modern life by creating visually striking compositions of cropped and fragmented images of cars, movie stars, food etc. While his paintings are executed in a realistic style, James Rosenquist always gives them a distinctive sense of mystery. 

    He is considered as one of the fathers of the Pop Art movement along with Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns and Roy Lichtenstein. One of his most renowned works is the 86ft-long “F-111” (1964-65), titled after a US military jet the work is notably a protest against American militarism. In the 1970s, he turned to geo-political, existentialist and environmental themes and later his paintings revealed a futuristic abstraction. 

    Today, James Rosenquist’s work is represented in public and private collections worldwide, including the Centre Pompidou, Tate Modern and MoMA amongst others. The Guggenheim Museum organized in 2003 one of the most important retrospective exhibition on the artist which travelled around the world. On this occasion The New York Times wrote that his “art’s formal ingenuity can jump out at you as forcefully as the grill of a Ford or a fragment of Marilyn Monroe’s lips”.

    Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac has worked with the artist for 25 years. His first exhibition at the gallery took place in 1992. His latest survey show “Four Decades 1970-2010” was on view between September and December 2016 at the Paris Pantin gallery. In November 2017 the Museum Ludwig in Cologne will host a major exhibition of his work titled “Painting as immersion”.

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    December 10, 2016 - December 10, 2016
    93500 PANTIN

    A l'occasion de l'exposition "James Rosenquist, Four Decades, 1970-2010", l'artiste Erró et Ann Hindry, historienne de l'art, échangeront sur la trajectoire et l’oeuvre du maître du pop art, le samedi 10 décembre prochain à 16h, à la Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac Paris Pantin.
    Depuis la fin des années 1950, à travers une iconographie complexe, James Rosenquist a exprimé sa préoccupation pour le destin social, politique, économique et environnemental de la planète. Cette exposition souligne la portée de sa peinture et fournit une vision étendue de son travail jusqu’à ses développements les plus récents.

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