Artist James Rosenquist, a pivotal cocktail art figure, dies during 83


NEW YORK (AP) — James Rosenquist, a key artist in a cocktail art movement, has died during a age of 83.

Rosenquist’s wife, Mimi Thompson, told The New York Times ( ) that he died Friday in New York City after a prolonged illness.

Rosenquist started by portrayal signs and billboard advertisements in Times Square and other open places. He after incorporated images from renouned culture, from celebrities to consumer goods, into his work.

One of his best-known pieces is “President Elect,” combined in a early 1960s. It is a billboard-style portrayal depicting John F. Kennedy’s face alongside a yellow Chevrolet and a square of cake.”The face was from Kennedy’s debate poster. we was really meddlesome during that time in people who advertised themselves,” Rosenquist told a art appreciation classification The Art Story. “Why did they put adult an announcement of themselves? So that was his face. And his guarantee was half a Chevrolet and a square of seared cake.”

Another renouned square was Rosenquist’s “F-111,” that superimposes a Vietnam War fighter-bomber on images of children and consumer goods.Rosenquist resisted comparisons to his contemporaries Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein.

“I’m not like Andy Warhol. He did Coca-Cola bottles and Brillo pads. we used general imagery — no code names — to make a new kind of picture,” Rosenquist pronounced in a 2007 talk with Smithsonian magazine. “People can remember their childhood, though events from 4 or 5 years ago are in a never-never land. That was a imagery we was endangered with — things that were a small bit informed though not things we feel sentimental about. Hot dogs and typewriters — general things people arrange of recognize.”

Rosenquist was innate in Grand Forks, North Dakota. His mom was an pledge painter who upheld his artistic interests early on. His watercolor of a nightfall won him an art grant to take classes during a Minneapolis School of Art. He after attended a University of Minnesota before relocating to New York City in 1955.

In 2009, a glow broken several works by Rosenquist during his home and studio in Aripeka, Florida. It was a same year he expelled his autobiography, “Painting Below Zero: Notes on a Life in Art,” created with David Dalton.

Rosenquist’s work has been featured in solo exhibitions during a Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, a Museum of Modern Art, a Whitney Museum of American Art and other institutions.