Plains Art

On the Cover - James Rosenquist

"[My art is] about contemporary life. It's like sitting and unraveling your sweater; all of a sudden your sweater comes off and the whole atmosphere changes because of one loose thread." - James Rosenquist

The title of this work, East (Horse Blinders Series), is Rosenquist's reference to the science of peripheral vision, which many modern artists felt played a significant role in the viewer's perception of a work of art. This work is one of a series of four prints that emulate the "wrap-around" effect of Rosenquist's room-sized painting, Horse Blinders, created in 1968-69. The painting and prints are composed of four related parts labeled north, south, east, and west. Rosenquist suggests the content of his work is not in the images he paints, but, rather, the relationship of the images is the subject matter, and the subject matter is what blossoms into content.

1933  	  Born in Grand Forks, ND 
	      Parents Swedish and Norwegian descent 
1942	  Moves to Minneapolis at age 9 
1952-54	Attends University of Minnesota. Paints commercial 
	        billboards during summer for General Outdoor Advertising 
1955	  Receives scholarship to Art Student League, New York
1957-59	Paints billboards in Times Square 
1961	  Paints Zone, the first studio painting to use commercial 
	        techniques and imagery 
1962	  First solo exhibition 
1963	  Shows at Museum of Modern Art, New York 
1964	  Joins the prestigious Leo Castelli Gallery 
1965	  Exhibits the now famous F-111 
	      (86-feet long, room-sized installation mural) 
1968 	  First retrospective, at age 35 
1986	  F-111 sells for $2 million   
1996 	  Museum of Modern Art acquires F-111
2003	  The Guggenheim Museum tours major retrospective curated
	        by Walter Hopps 
2004	  Commissioned by the Plains Art Museum for a North Dakota
	        themed mural 
2005	  North Dakota State University bestows Honorary Doctorate 

NDSU has established the James Rosenquist Artist Residency Program for Visual Arts. "This residency program allows us to honor Mr. Rosenquist, who is one of the greatest artists this state has ever produced," said Thomas Riley, dean of arts, humanities and social sciences.
The program, scheduled to begin in fall 2006, will bring a guest artist to campus for a semester, providing studio space, equipment, a stipend and accommodations. During the time in residence, the artist will develop his or her work and interact with students and the community.