Richard Phillips

  • Richard Phillips

    Rosenquist’s paintings presented me with the most radical idea of what Pop art could be. Even more than Warhol or Rauschenberg, Rosenquist brings both a kind of beauty and an idea of the spectacular into his pictures. I’m thinking back to the early paintings, those super-surreal, phenomenally disorienting images that seem critical of a media-based society. But I also think of his show at Leo Castelli in 1993, with paintings of dolls in wrappers. For me, that was a break from what is commonly understood about Rosenquist, and took place at a moment when painting had been put in a difficult position