Monumental: Sculptures & Works on Paper

James Rosati

August 4-October 23, 2015

Opening Reception: August 7, 6-8 pm

American Sculptor James Rosati (1912-1988) was perhaps best known for his stainless steel piece Ideogram, once standng over 23 feet tall between Towers 1 and 2 of the former World Trade Center. 

His distinctive style emerged in the 1960s in monumental works of strong Cubist influence that combined geometric forms in aluminum and steel. About forty of these pieces are located in the United States and around the world.

A close friend of the sculptor David Smith,  Rosati also made smaller, welded-steel sculptures that playfully abstracted from such forms as antique iron farm tools, the human figure and even potted plants.

Born in Washington, PA, Rosati studied violin at an early age and played with the Pittsburgh Chamber Orchestra as a teen. He credited the time spent playing in Carnegie Music Hall for instilling a passion for sculpture.

In the late 1930's, he worked as a sculptor for the Works Progress Administration, and in 1944 he moved to New York City, teaching at The Pratt Institute, Cooper Union and later Yale University.