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Work by landmark American sculptor James Rosati showcased at Queens

Sophisticated Twist"Triple Arc I" by landmark American sculptor James Rosati

"Triple Arc I," an abstract stainless steel sculpture, rises more than 16-feet-tall against the stately Georgian architecture of the Jernigan Building at Queens. The piece took two years to create and was finished in 1984 by landmark American sculptor James Rosati.

This is the second Rosati piece to come to Charlotte. Since 1983 his "Two Angled Forms" has stood outside the Charlotte Plaza building at College and Fourth streets.

"Triple Arc I" is on loan to Queens from the Jerald Melberg Gallery in Charlotte, the national agent representing Rosati's estate.

"Any time we can get a major work of public art placed in our community it strengthens our cultural threads," said Jerald Melberg. "I immediately thought of Queens because of the beauty of the campus and for the opportunity for students and the public to interact with the sculpture."

Rosati was an abstract American sculptor, and a member of the New York School of Abstract Expressionists. The group was at the forefront of American art in the 1940s and 1950s, and members included Mark Rothko, Willem De Kooning and Jackson Pollock.

"Rosati is part of the artistic and cultural heritage of America," said Siu Challons-Lipton, art department chairperson at Queens.  "His work represents the era in which American art emerged center stage in the world in the form of abstract art."

About 40 of Rosati's monumental works are on display in the United States and abroad.

Rosati's best known work includes a 24-foot stainless steel "Ideogram" that was located in the plaza between the twin towers at the World Trade Center in New York City. Commissioned in 1969, the sculpture was lost when the towers collapsed during the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

The artist once described how he hoped the public would perceive his art: "It should be like a great piece of music: every time you play it you're astounded by it... but every time you play it, it shows you more."

Rosati taught at several schools including the Pratt Institute and Cooper Union, in New York in the 1950s. He was at Yale University from 1960-1973. His honors and awards included a Guggenheim fellowship in 1964, and a grant from the National Foundation on the Arts & Humanities in 1966.

In 1981, he was a juror for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial design competition.

Rosati died in 1988 at age 76 in Manhattan.

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