Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Pop painter did double duty for Fargo museum

James Rosenquist survived a devastating blaze and produced a new mural - twice.
Last update: February 27, 2010 - 2:45 PM

 From the smoldering embers of a Florida brush fire comes a new $600,000 painting that will be a centerpiece of the Plains Art Museum's collection in Fargo. And the enormous work was painted twice.
"It's really a phoenix rising from the ashes," said Plains director Colleen Sheehy, referring to the 13- by 24-foot melange of North Dakota motifs that will hang in the museum's atrium.
The painting is the second version of a mural by Pop star James Rosenquist, a North Dakota native and University of Minnesota graduate. Known internationally for his immense images combining advertising icons with flowers, galaxies and cultural flotsam, Rosenquist is a former billboard painter whose work hangs in major museums, from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., to the Tate Gallery in London.     Read More...
Plains Art Museum, Handout photo 

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