James Rosati (American 1911-1988)
A sculptor of large-scale sheet metal abstraction, James Rosati has adhered closely to the Cubist style with some elements of Minimalism. He was also an art teacher at Pratt Institute and Cooper Union in New York and from1964 was Professor of Sculpture at the Yale School of Fine Art.
He was born in Washington, Pennsylvania and trained as a musician. He played the violin in the Pittsburgh String Symphony from 1928 to 1929 and was first inspired to do sculpture after seeing works at the Carnegie Institute Museum of Art in Pittsburgh.
Much of his early work was organic, closed forms of bronze and stone, but after his arrival in New York in 1949, he was influenced by Abstract Expressionist painters and abstract sculptors including David Hare, Reuben Nakian, and David Smith.
He had his first one-man show in 1954, exhibiting open, welded pieces, but shortly after turned to sculpture of masses that were self-contained.