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James Rosenquist is the first in a series of ambitious, annual exhibitions at Oklahoma State University Museum of Art's Postal Plaza Gallery beginning in the fall of 2014. Exploring key figures who have worked in New York during the past half century, the project provides pivotal teaching opportunities and engagement for the OSU community as well as the greater Midwest region. Curated by Sarah C. Bancroft - co-curator of the artist's full-career retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum in 2003 - this focused survey exhibition elucidates the arc of seminal American artist James Rosenquist's multifarious career. James Rosenquist became well known in the 1960s as an American Pop artist alongside contemporaries Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and Claes Oldenburg, and has continued creating seminal new work for the past five decades. Throughout his career, Rosenquist has devoted his talents to printmaking, collage, drawing, and painting.
Key paintings are included in each section of the exhibition, complementing the array of works on paper, and demonstrating his facility and artistic prowess in all media. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully-illustrated exhibition catalogue, with a scholarly essay by Curator Sarah Bancroft. This serves as the first catalogue in a three-volume set, to be followed by exhibition catalogues on artists Kiki Smith and Jasper Johns in 2015 and 2016 respectively.
Image: Stowaway Peers Out At The Speed of Light, 2001, James Rosenquist, 46 1/4 in. x 105 1/2 in., Edition 40, Published by Universal Limited Art Editions © James Rosenquist/ Universal Limited Art Editions/ Licensed by VAGA New York, NY.