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 James Rosati  (1912 - 1988)

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:

Teaching Positions:
Newark School of Fine and Industrial Art, 1947
Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, 1954
Cooper Union, New York, 1955
Visiting critic in sculpture at Yale University, 1960-62
Assistant Professor at Yale University, 1963
Visiting critic in sculpture Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, 1963
Professor of Sculpture, Yale University, 1968
Visiting Critic in Sculpture, University Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 1977

Awards and Fellowships:
Brandeis Creative Arts Award, 1960
Frank Logan Gold Medal for Sculpture, Art Institute of Chicago, 1962
Providence Arts Club Prize, Rhode Island, 1962
Carborundum Major Abrasive Marketing Award, 1963
John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, 1964
National Foundation on the Arts and Humanities Grant, 1966
National Arts Council Grant, 1968
Design in Steel Award, American Iron and Steel Institute, 1973

Commissions:
Sculpted portrait of Dr. Paul Tillich for New Harmony, Tillich Park, Indiana, 1967

Exhibitions:
9th Street Show, NY, 1951
Whitney Annuals- Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1960, 1962, 1966, 1968
Peridot Gallery, New York, 1954 (solo)
Otto Gerson Gallery, New York, 1957, 1959, 1962 (solo)
Rutgers University, NJ, "American Sculptors", 1958
Fine Arts Association, New York, "Group Exhibition, Paintings and Sculpture", 1958
Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, PA, "The 1958 Pittsburgh International Exhibition of Contemporary Painting and Sculpture", 1958
Galerie Claude Bernard, Paris, "Aspects American Sculpture", 1960
Smith College Museum of Art, MA, "New Sculpture Now", 1960
Indiana University, "Contemporary Sculpture", 1960
American Federation Traveling Show, "Contemporary Sculpture", 1960-61
University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, "Sculpture from the Collection of the Whitney Museum", 1961
Boston Arts Festival, 1961
Carnegie International, Pittsburgh, 1958, 1961, 1964
Otto Gerson Gallery, New York, 1959, 1962 (solo)
Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, PA, "1961 Pittsburgh International Exhibition of Contemporary Painting and Sculpture", 1961
International Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, Otterlo, Holland, 1961
Group Sculpture Show, Dayton Art Institute, 1961
New School of Social Research, NY, "Mechanism and Organism", 1961
Art Institute of Chicago, "21st Annual Exhibition Society for Contemporary American Art", 1961
Art Institute of Chicago, "65th Annual American Show", 1962
Guggenheim Museum, New York, "Modern Sculpture from the Joseph H. Hirshhorn Collection", 1962-63
Seattle World's Fair, "Art Since 1950", 1962
Providence Art Club, RI, "Some Directions in Modern Sculpture", 1962
Acquisitions by Friends of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, "First Five Years 1957-1962"
Spoleto, Italy, "Festival of Two Worlds", 1962
New School of Social Research, NY, "Humanists of the Sixties", 1962
Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT, "Continuity and Change", 1962
University Art Gallery, University of California, Berkeley, "Modern Sculpture and Sculptors' Drawings", 1962
University of St. Thomas, Houston, TX, "Art Has Many Facets", 1963
Herron Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Ind., "Painting and Sculpture Today", 1963
Hopkins Art Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, 1963 (solo)
Exhibitions (continued):
Philadelphia Art Alliance, "Sculpture by American Artists", 1963
Selected Works from the New York University Art Collection, New York University, New York, 1963
Boston University Art Gallery, "Six Sculptors", 1963
Washington Gallery of Modern Art, Washington D.C., "Sculpture of Our Time", 1963
Sculpture- London County Council, Battersea Park, England, 1963
American Federation of Arts, NY, "Brandeis Creative Arts Awards", 1963
Parke-Bernet, New York, "Review of the Season", 1963
Museum of Modern Art Circulating Exhibition, "Four American Sculptors", 1964 and 1965
Pavilion of Fine Arts- World's Fair, New York, 1964
Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, PA, "The 1964 Pittsburgh International of Contemporary Painting and Sculpture", 1964-65
International Council of the Museum of Modern Art- Paris, Germany, Scandinavia, "Contemporary American Sculpture", 1965 and 1966
Musee Rodin, Paris, "Etats-Unis, Sculptures du Xxe Siecle", 1965
New School of Social Research, NY, "Portraits for the American Art World", 1965
Whitney Museum, New York, "A Decade of American Drawings", 1965
New School Art Center, New York, "Sculpture from the Albert A. List Family Collection", 1965
Flint Institute of Arts, Michigan, Flint Invitational, 1966
Colby College, Waterville, Maine, "Three Artists of Today- Guston, Marca-Relli, and Rosati, 1967
Museum of Contemporary Crafts, New York, "Made with Paper", 1967-68 (also seen at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and the City Art Museum of St. Louis)
Colgate University, Hamilton, New York, 1968 (solo)
Milwaukee Arts Center, Milwaukee, WI, "The Collection of Mrs. Harry Lynde Bradley, 1968
Sculpture, 1968, Hemisfair, San Antonio, Texas, 1968
Marlborough Galleria d'Arte, Rome, "International Sculpture", 1968
Charles A. Dana Creative Arts Center, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY, 1968 (solo)
Grand Rapids Art Museum, Michigan, "American Sculpture of the Sixties", 1969
Exhibitions Continued:
Inaugural Exhibition- New School Art Center, New York City, 1969
Detroit, Michigan, "Sculpture Downtown", 1969
Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA; traveled to Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT, Marlborough-Gerson Gallery, New York, 1969-70 (solo)
Fondation Maeght, Paris, "Living Art of the United States", 1970
University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE, "American Sculpture", 1970
Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD, "The Partial Figure in Modern Sculpture", 1970
Fondation Maeght, St. Paul, France, "Exposition l'art vivant aux Etats-Unis", 1970
Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH "Monumental American Art", 1970
Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, PA, "Carnegie International", 1970-71
Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY, "A New Consciousness: The Ciba-Geigy Collection", 1971
Stad Antwerp, Belgium, "11th Biennale Middelheim", 1971
Hopkins Center for Creative and Performing Arts at Dartmouth College, exhibited at New City Hall, Boston, "Artists at Dartmouth: A Retrospective of Selected Artists-in-Residence at Dartmouth College Since 1962", 1971
Marlborough Gallery, New York, "Twentieth Century Monumental Sculpture", 1974
Newport, RI, "Monumenta: Biennale Exhibition of Outdoor Sculpture", 1974
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, "Artist and Fabricator", 1975
Stamford Museum and Nature Center, Stamford, CT, "The American Salon des Refuses", 1976
Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA, "A Selection of American Art: The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, 1946 to 1976", 1976
Greenwich Arts Council, Greenwich, CT, "Sculpture '76, Outdoor Sculpture: Art for Public Spaces", 1976
Kennedy Galleries, New York, "Artists Salute Skowhegan", 1977
Marlborough Gallery, New York, 1977 (solo)
Gibbes Art Gallery, Charleston, SC, 1981 (solo)
Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City, "Arte Contemporaneo Internacional", 1981
Stamford Museum and Nature Center, Stamford, CT, "Classic Americans", 1981
Museo Angel Orensanz y Artes del Serrablo, Sabinanigo, Spain, "Premio Internacional", 1982
Marlborough Gallery, New York, 1981-82 (solo)

Member:
Founding member of the 8th Street Artists Club, New York, 1949

Collections:
Albany Mall, Albany, NY
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
Atlantic Richfield, Los Angeles, CA
Hines Industrial and the Bank of Dallas
Bank of Oklahoma, Tulsa, OK
Blount Inc. Montgomery, AL
Charlotte Office Tower Associates, Charlotte, NC, and Architectural Arts Coalition, Dallas, TX
Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, Maine
City of Wichita, Wichita, KS
Crown Plaza Hotel, Seattle, WA
Davenport Municipal Art Gallery, Davenport, IA
Drake University, Des Moines, IA
Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
F&M Art Center, Richmond, VA
Geigy Chemical Corporation, Ardsley, NY
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu, HI
Hopkins Art Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
Hubert Humphrey Building, Washington, D.C.; collection G.S.A.
Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City
Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, PA
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY; National Trust for Historic Preservation, Nelson A. Rockefeller Collection
The Newark Museum, Newark, NJ
New York University, New York, NY
Prudential Insurance Company of America, Dresher, PA
City of Riverside, Riverside, CA
Rockefeller University, New York, NY
Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
Sovran Financial Corporation, Richmond, VA
Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence, KS
Steelcase Inc., Grand Rapids MI
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
World Trade Center Collection, Port Authority of NY and NJ
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT


Information courtesy of Jim Bennette, Acme Fine Art


This biography from the Archives of AskART:
A sculptor of large-scale sheet metal abstraction, James Rosati has adhered closely to the Cubist style with some elements of Minimalism. He was also an art teacher at Pratt Institute and Cooper Union in New York and from1964 was Professor of Sculpture at the Yale School of Fine Art.

He was born in Washington, Pennsylvania and trained as a musician. He played the violin in the Pittsburgh String Symphony from 1928 to 1929 and was first inspired to do sculpture after seeing works at the Carnegie Institute Museum of Art in Pittsburgh.

Much of his early work was organic, closed forms of bronze and stone, but after his arrival in New York in 1949, he was influenced by Abstract Expressionist painters and abstract sculptors including David Hare, Reuben Nakian, and David Smith.

He had his first one-man show in 1954, exhibiting open, welded pieces, but shortly after turned to sculpture of masses that were self-contained.


Source:
Peter Falk, "Who Was Who in American Art"

Biography from Jerald Melberg Gallery:
American sculptor, James Rosati, was a member of the New York School of Abstract
Expressionism.  One of the more important American artists from 1950 until his death, he was commissioned by I.M. Pei to create the major sculpture of the opening of the East Wing of the National Gallery in Washington, DC.  However, he may be best known for his twenty-three foot tall stainless steel sculpture that stood between the towers of the World Trade Center.

Over forty other monumental sculptures are located across the United States and around the world.  His work is found in the permanent collections of museums in the United States including The Whitney Museum of American Art, the National Gallery, the Yale University Art Gallery and the Carnegie Museum of Art among countless others.

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