This month, more than forty years after JAMES ROSENQUIST began capturing on canvas the larger-than-life, color-saturated imagery of consumer culture, a major traveling retrospective of his work comes to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. We asked art historian MICHAEL LOBEL to reflect on the thinking behind the big paintings before turning to MARCIA TUCKER, FRANK STELLA, ROBERT RAUSCHENBERG, ED RUSCHA, BARBARA KRUGER, DAVID SALLE, and RICHARD PHILLIPS for their thoughts on the artist's influence yesterday and today.

IN 1966, JAMES ROSENQUIST WAS “THE MAN IN THE PAPER SUIT.” Or at least that was the title of a New York magazine profile that chronicled his exploits wearing the brown paper suit he had commissioned the fashion designer Horst to construct for him. Rosenquist wore the outfit to gallery and museum openings and, on one occasion, appeared in it at a panel discussion on

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