PANEL DISCUSSION FOR JAMES ROSENQUIST
Lifetime Achievement Award Exhibition: James Rosenquist is co-presented with the Jordan D. Schnitzer Family Foundation and the Pacific Northwest College of Art MFA in Print Media program. Featured at The 2016 SGC International Printmaking Conference, FLUX PORTLAND, the conference keynote on Thursday, March 31 at 9am will feature special guests special guests Maurice Sanchez of Derriere L’ Etoile Studio and James Reid of Gemini G.E.L. along with Jordan Schnitzer and Mack McFarland, Director of the Center for Contemporary Art & Culture who will discuss Rosenquist’s printmaking career.
- Mack McFarland, Curator, Pacific Northwest College of Art
- Jordan Schnitzer, President, Harsch Investment Properties & the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation
- Maurice Sanchez, Professional Printer, Derriere L'Etoile Studios
- James Reid, Master Printer, Gemini GEL
JAMES ROSENQUIST - SGC INTERNATIONAL LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Pop Art icon James Rosenquist (born 1933 in Grand Forks, North Dakota) exploded onto the scene in 1960 with his vivid, large-scale paintings. Trained as a painter of billboard signs, Rosenquist abstracted familiar imagery from advertising and pop culture through alterations in scale and unusual juxtapositions. Although fragmented and overlapped, his images of spaghetti, Marilyn Monroe, hairdryers, and detergent boxes create understandable visual narratives of American culture, often with political implications.
Rosenquist contributed to the renewal of printmaking in the United States when in 1965 he and a number of other artists explored the process of lithography at Universal Limited Art Editions. Rosenquist also experimented with screen prints and etchings, but primarily produced lithographs. Over the years, Rosenquist worked with Graphicstudio, Aeropress, Gemini G.E.L., Petersburg Press, Styria Studios, Tyler Graphics, Ltd., and Derriere L’ Etoile Studio among others.
The work of James Rosenquist is represented in major private and public collections worldwide, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Tate Modern in London. Aside from his many gallery and museum exhibitions, Rosenquist has had more than fifteen retrospectives, with two at the Whitney Museum of American Art. In 2003, the Guggenheim Museum organized a retrospective that traveled to Houston, New York, Bilbao, and Wolfsburg. He received the Golden Plate Award from the American Academy of Achievement in 1988. Rosenquist has influenced an entire generation of artists and print makers.
SGCI FLUX Rosenquist Panel // Photo credit: Deann Orr