Leading Pop artist James Rosenquist—who came to prominence among New York School figures like Roy Lichtenstein, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, and Willem de Kooning—is well known for his large-scale, fragmented works that bring the visual language of commercial painting onto canvas (notably, from 1957-60, Rosenquist earned his living as a billboard painter). In his use of mass-produced goods and vernacular culture rendered in an anonymous style, Rosenquist's work recalls that of Andy Warhol, while his seemingly irrational, mysterious pictorial combinations owe a debt to Surrealism.

 

Works by James Rosenquist are found in major private and public collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago; the Deutsche Guggenheim Berlin; the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao; the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid; the Museum Ludwig, Cologne; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Tate Gallery, London; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.