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Take a tour of Rosenquist's life

April 7, 2016 // by Jaclyn Gallagher

What was James Rosenquist's first experience with art? How did he become involved with artists like Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline, and Robert Rauschenberg? What are some of his biggest inspirations? These are just some of the questions that will be answered at the MOCA Jacksonville Book Club on the James Rosenquist biography Painting Below Zero: Notes on a Life in Art on April 14.

James Rosenquist Painting Below Zero a
Painting Below Zero: Notes on a Life in Art by James Rosenquist with David Dalton is the MOCA Jacksonville Book Club selection for Time Zones. Image courtesy of Jaclyn Gallagher.

Recounting events from his early childhood in North Dakota and Minnesota through 2009 when a forest fire swept through his home and studio in Florida, Painting Below Zero reveals Rosenquist's life through his eyes and gives readers a glimpse into the events that made him the world-renowned artist he is today. The book by by Rosenquist along with David Dalton illustrates the artist's singular personality and style and explains some of his most profound contemporary pieces.

During MOCA's Book Club, visitors enjoy an interactive tour through Time Zones: James Rosenquist and Printmaking at the Millennium, where we explore some of Rosenquist's later works, including studies of TheSwimmer in the Econo-mist. While viewing his works, we discuss the book and share some of the elements we found most interesting. Topics include his early childhood; his nomadic adventures to places such as Cuba, California, New York, and Florida; his involvement in various galleries with other artists; his work lobbying for artist rights in Washington, D.C.; and details about some of his most best-known works.

Buy your copy of Painting Below Zero at the MOCA Shop or check it out from the Jacksonville Library, so you can participate in this interactive tour and discussion. The combined tour and discussion takes place at both 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., so don't miss it!

James Rosenquist Painting Below Zero b
Image courtesy of Jaclyn Gallagher.
James Rosenquist Painting Below Zero c
Image courtesy of Jaclyn Gallagher.

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