Grand Forks, North Dakota, 1933
Born on November 29.
Wins a scholarship to study for four weekends at the Minneapolis School of Art at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.
Enrolls at the University of Minnesota, where he studies for two years.
Receives a grant to study at the Art Students League and moves to New York.
Meets artists Ellsworth Kelly, Robert Rauschenberg, and Jasper Johns.
Having painted advertising billboards in Minneapolis and New York, begins to incorporate the techniques in his paintings.
Holds his first solo show, at Green Gallery in New York, where he will exhibit again two years later.
Creates a mural for the New York State Pavilion at the1964 World’s Fair in New York. Takes part in the exhibition Americans 1963 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and Six Painters and the Object at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. Receives the Norman Wait Harris Bronze Medal for his participation in the Annual Exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago.
Rosenquist’s first solo exhibition in Europe is held at Galerie Ileana Sonnabend in Paris.
The Jewish Museum in New York exhibits the work F-111 , which later travels to Stockholm and Amsterdam, and in the following year Baden-Baden and Rome.
The painting Forest Ranger and other works by Rosenquist are included in the group exhibition Campo vitale: Mostra internazionale d’arte contemporanea at the Palazzo Grassi in Venice. Takes part in the IX Bienal de São Paulo.
The National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa holds a retrospective exhibition of Rosenquist’s work. Participates in Documenta 4 in Kassel, Germany.
Leo Castelli Gallery in New York mounts a show of Rosenquist’s work. Rosenquist’s work is included in New York Painting and Sculpture 1940-1970 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Leo Castelli Gallery in New York mounts two shows of Rosenquist’s work.
Retrospective exhibitions of Rosenquist’s work are presented at the Kunsthalle Köln in Cologne and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.
Rosenquist’s work is featured in the exhibition American Pop Art at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.
Participates in Documenta 6 in Kassel, Germany.
Rosenquist’s work is shown in the International Pavilion at the XXXVIII Biennale di Venezia and at the Mayor Gallery in London.
The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida, holds the first retrospective exhibition of Rosenquist’s graphic work.
Exhibits at the Center for the Fine Arts in Miami and is commissioned to design a mural for the Four Seasons Restaurant in New York, which will be installed in 1984.
Receives the World Print Award from the World Print Council in San Francisco.
Heland-Thordén-Wetterling Galleries in Stockholm presents recent work by Rosenquist.
The Denver Art Museum holds a major retrospective of Rosenquist’s work that later travels to several museums in the United States, closing at the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. Completes Sunshot, a mural commissioned by the Ashley Tower in Tampa, Florida.
Director Erwing Lesier shoots the film James Rosenquist. The Opera Terrace in Stockholm commissions Rosenquist to create a mural for its restaurant.
Named a fellow of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.
Receives the Golden Plate Award from the American Academy of Achievement in Nashville, Tennessee. Exhibits at Leo Castelli Gallery in New York.
Exhibits Welcome to the Water Planet at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Retrospective exhibitions are presented at the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow and the Institut Valencià d’Art Modern in Valencia, Spain.
Gagosian Gallery in New York exhibits Rosenquist’s work from the early 1960s.
A retrospective exhibition of Rosenquist’s graphic work, Time Dust: Complete Graphics, 1962-92, travels to several museums in the United States.
Exhibits at Wetterling Teo Gallery in Singapore.
Rosenquist’s work is exhibited at Pyo Gallery in Seoul and the Civico Museo Revoltella, Galleria d’Arte Moderna in Trieste, Italy.
The Center for Contemporary Graphic Art and Tyler Graphics Archive Collection in Fukushima, Japan, organizes an exhibition of Rosenquist’s graphic work.
The Swimmer in the Econo-mist opens at the Deutsche Guggenheim Berlin. Creates a mural for the Palais de Chaillot in Paris.
Rosenquist’s work is included in the exhibition American Pop Art at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.
James Rosenquist: A Retrospective opens at the Menil Collection and Museum of Fine Arts in Houston and then travels to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York and the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. Rosenquist’s work is featured in American Pop Icons at the Guggenheim Hermitage Museum in Las Vegas.
The Miami Art Museum presents an exhibition of Rosenquist’s work. His work is included in Mirada múltiple at the Museo de Bellas Artes in Bilbao.
His work is featured in the exhibitions What Is Painting? Contemporary Art from the Collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Art in the USA: 300 Years of Innovation at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, and Rembrandt to Rosenquist: Masters of Printmaking at the Nassau County Museum of Art in Roslyn Harbor, New York.
Jablonka Galerie in Cologne presents the artist’s work in the group exhibition Reverb and the solo exhibition James Rosenquist: The Hole in the Center of T ime. Rosenquist’s work is featured in the exhibition Pop and Op at the Nassau County Museum of Art in Roslyn Harbor, New York.
His work is featured in the exhibition Scapa Memories: A Collection at the Museum Tinguely in Basel, and his work Small Doorstop (1963-67) is on view in the exhibition Electricity at Leo Castelli Gallery in New York.
The piece Cervelo Spazio Cosmico is installed at the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, Las Vegas. Featured, together with Riva Castleman, and Janice Oresman, at the IPCNY Spring Benefit 2010, International Print Center, New York. His work is included in the group exhibition Hyper Real displayed at MUMOK Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna, and later travels to the Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen, Germany. His work is also present at the Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt; the Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria; Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland; and Muzej moderne i suvremene umjetnosti, Rijeka, Croatia.
Designs Team USA’s poster for the Bocuse d’Or Competition held in Lyon, France.
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York exhibits Rosenquist’s iconic painting F-111 (1964–65).
Participates in Pop Art Design, an exhibition of the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, Germany. The exhibition travels later to the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Barbican Art Gallery in London; the Moderna Museet in Stockholm; and the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebæk, Denmark.
Receives the ASF Cultural Award for his leading role as founder of American Pop Art.
To celebrate his 80th birthday, the North Dakota Museum of Art, USA, organizes James Rosenquist: An Exhibition Celebrating His 80th Birthday.
Rosenquist’s Volunteer (1964) is included in the exhibition Ileana Sonnabend: Ambassador for the New, at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York.
Participates in Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties, an exhibition held at the Brooklyn Museum in New York.
A selection of works from the Multiverse series is exhibited as part of James Rosenquist: All Things are Devoid of Intrinsic Existence, at Wetterling Gallery in Stockholm.
His work is part of the show titled Ludwig Goes Pop at the Museum Ludwig in Cologne, Germany, and then at mumok-Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien in Vienna.
Gets the Spirit of Tomorrow Award from the Women of Tomorrow Mentor & Scholarship Program in Miami, USA.
His work is included in the exhibition The New York School, 1969: Henry Geldzahler at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, at Paul Kasmin Gallery in New York.
His painting Zone (1961) forms part of the exhibition International Pop, held in a number of art venues in USA, like the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the Dallas Museum of Art, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Receives the Lifetime Achievement in Printmaking Award from SGC International during the SGCI Printmaking Conference, held in Portland, USA.
Becomes the first living artist to show his work at the Judd Foundation in New York, which puts on a special show dedicated to him.
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac hosts two exhibitions in its two Paris-based art galleries.
March 31, Rosenquist dies aged 83 in New York.
The Museum Ludwig in Cologne, Germany, hosts the exhibition James Rosenquist: Painting as Immersion, which then travels to the ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum in Aarhus, Denmark.
James Rosenquist: Tampa opens at the USF Contemporary Art Museum in Tampa, USA.