A Visual Reminder of James Rosenquist’s Artistic Vision

His name might not be as ubiquitous as those also once under the watch of famed gallerist Leo Castelli (namely Warhol, Lichtenstein and Frank Stella), but James Rosenquist’s contribution to the pop and modern art worlds carry great value. Much like his contemporaries, Rosenquist addressed elements of the every day. Frequently, he documented ordinary (and generally unbranded) subjects, adopting and undermining the language of advertising and pop culture. And yet, his voice is distinct—something he developed first as a billboard painter. In light of his recent passing, the New York Times has assembled a slide show charting his work through the decades. It’s a fascinating, abbreviated study that conveys true artistic development.