HWS boasts works from the ‘sire of American Pop Art’ – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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HWS boasts works from the ‘sire of American Pop Art’

James Rosenquist's works can be seen at the Guggenheim — and at Hobart and William Smith

(November 4, 2003) GENEVA, N.Y. — While some will travel to the Guggenheim Museum in New York City to see an exhibit of the works of James Rosenquist, considered by many to be the “sire of American Pop Art,” students, faculty and staff at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, N.Y., need only head to the second and third floors of the Colleges newest academic building, Stern Hall, where four of the artist's pieces are on display every day.

The Guggenheim exhibit may boast more than 200 pieces in its newest exhibit “James Rosenquist: A Retrospective,” but the four works at HWS provide a powerful glimpse into the groundbreaking creativity of the 70-year-old artist, who, along with Andy Warhol and a few others, is credited with establishing the Pop Art style.

The Colleges acquired the four Rosenquist works as a gift of William E. Welsh Jr. P'84, whose daughter, Mary Jane Welsh Whalen, attended William Smith College.

“James Rosenquist has been an influential figure in the art world for some four decades,” Nicholas Ruth, artist and professor of art at the Colleges, said. “Ahead of his time in the appropriation and recombination of mass media and fine art images, his paintings and prints rumble with visual energy and conceptual intrigue. In his hands, apparently absurd juxtapositions hint at new ways of seeing, and the sunny color and graphic sensibility of his training as a sign painter ultimately lend weight to his explorations of a fast moving modern world.”

The four prints by James Rosenquist were a series titled “Horseblinders,” which has other prints in the series from late 60s and early 70s, and are subtitled “North,” “East,” “South,” and “West.” They are mixed media – lithograph, silkscreen, collage, and Mylar – done in 1972.

As part of the Collections of Hobart and William Smith, the Rosenquist prints join good company, including works by Mary Cassatt, Norman Rockwell, Childe Hassam, DeWitt Parshall and many others.

The Rosenquist exhibit at the Guggenheim Museum runs through January 25, 2004.

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North
“North” in the series “Horseblinders,” by James Rosenquist. Mixed media (lithograph, silkscreen, collage, and Mylar), 1972.
South
“South” in the series “Horseblinders,” by James Rosenquist. Mixed media (lithograph, silkscreen, collage, and Mylar), 1972.
East
“East” in the series “Horseblinders,” by James Rosenquist. Mixed media (lithograph, silkscreen, collage, and Mylar), 1972.
West
“West” in the series “Horseblinders,” by James Rosenquist. Mixed media (lithograph, silkscreen, collage, and Mylar), 1972.