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James Rosati

American, 1911-1988


James Rosati

Thrice Mercury, 1962

Carborundum Mulfrax
18 x 8 3/4 x 6 1/2 in
46 x 22 x 17 cm


James Rosati was born in Washington, Pennsylvania in 1911. Rosati played violin for the Pittsburg String Symphony in the late 1920s where the classical nudes in the music halls inspired him to become a sculptor. Rosati turned to sculpture in 1934 and worked for the WPA Art Project in the late 1930s. Rosati moved to New York in 1944, where he befriended fellow sculptor Philip Pavia. Rosati was a charter member of the Club and the New York School of Abstract Expressionism. Rosati showed at the 9th Street Art Exhibition and Stable Gallery where he became close friends with William de Kooning, Franz Kline, and David Smith. Rosati was awarded the Logan Medal of the Arts and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in 1964. A 1969 show at Brandeis University lifted Rosati’s career to new heights. Rosati has exhibited at Otto Gerson, Peridot, Stable, and Marlborough. He is known for his abstract sculptures in stone from the 1960s, and the stainless-steel Ideogram that stood over 23 feet tall on the plaza between Towers 1 and 2 of the World Trade Center in New York City. Over fifty monumental Rosati sculptures are displayed in the United States and around the world. James Rosati also taught at Pratt Institute, Cooper Union, and Yale University. His work can be found in the collections of the National Gallery of Art, Whitney, Carnegie Museum of Art, Hirshhorn Museum, Empire State Collection, and Yale University.