John Wesley  (American, 1928) 

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John Wesley Biography
1928   Born: in Los Angeles, CA
1946 - 1950   Studied at Los Angeles City College and at the University of California, Los Angeles, CA
1976   Guggenheim Fellowship
1989   National Endowment for the Arts Grant
1998   American Academy of Arts and Letters, Purchase Award
2004   American Academy of Arts and Letters, Purchase Award
2005   Skowhegan Award for Artistic Achievement, Medal in Painting
2006   The Armory Show, Flagship Artist
Skowhegan Medal for Artistic Achievement in Painting, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, ME
Selected Exhibitions
2009   "Naked", John Kasmin Gallery, New York, NY
"Cheep!", El Sourdog Hex, Berlin, Germany
"John Wesley: Question of Women", Fredericks & Freiser, New York, NY (solo)
2008   "Tracings: From the 1960's On", Fredericks & Freiser, New York, NY
"People", Jim Kempner Fine Art, New York, NY
Waddington Galleries, London, UK
"There is Desire Left (Knock, Knock) – 40 Years of Fine Arts from the Mondstudio Collection", Kunstmuseum Berne, Switzerland
"Question of Woman", Fredericks & Freiser, New York, NY (solo)
2007   "The Bumsteads," Fredericks & Freiser, New York, NY (solo)
Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
"Two Years," The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
"Equal, That Is, To The Real Itself," Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, NY
2006   "John Wesley Retrospective: Works on Paper 1960-2005," Kunsthalle Nurnberg, Nurnberg, Germany
"R. Crumb, Roy Lichtenstein, John Wesley," Galerie Hyundai, Seoul, South Korea
2005   "Don’t Eat My Eagle: Paintings from the 1960’s", Fredericks & Freiser, New York, NY
"John Wesley Retrospective: Works on Paper 1960-2005", Krefeld Kunstmuseen, Krefeld, Germany (solo)
"After Cezanne," Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
"On Paper: Drawings from the 1960’s to the Present," Daniel Weinberg, Los Angeles, CA
"It’ll Cost You…," Artek Contemporaries, New York, NY
"POP," University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, MI
"Tete a Tete," Greenberg Van Doren, New York, NY
"Surface", Lucas Schoormans Gallery, New York, NY
2004 - 2005   "Disparities and Deformations: Out Grotesque", SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM
"Don't Eat My Eagle: Paintings from the 1960s", Fredericks & Freiser, New York, NY (solo)
2004   "Recent Paintings: 2000-2004 / Drawings from the 1960’s," Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
"Paintings on Paper," Chinati Foundation, Marfa, TX
"Funny Cuts- Cartoons and Comics in Contemporary Art," Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart, Germany
"The Big Nothing," Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA
"Line," Hines Gallery at West 52, New York, NY
"International Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture," American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY
"Figurative Work on Paper by 20th Century Masters," The Elkon Gallery, New York, NY
2003   "New Paintings," Fredericks Freiser Gallery, New York, NY
"Paintings on Paper," Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
"Funny Papers," Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2002   "New Paintings," Gagosian Gallery, London, UK
"New Paintings", Fredericks Freiser Gallery, New York, NY
"Time and Again," Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
"The Presidential Suite," Nassau County Museum of Art, NY
"New York Painting & Sculpture," Wall Street Rising, New York, NY
Fredericks Freiser Gallery, New York, NY
2001   "John Wesley Love’s Lust," Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA (solo)
Onnasch Austellungen, Berlin, Germany
"Pop Art: US/UK Connections 1956-66," The Menil Collection, Houston, TX
"The 'W' Show," Museum of Dole, Dole, France
"Locating Drawing," Lawing Gallery, Houston, TX
"Les Annes Pop," Centre George Pompidou, Paris, France
2000   "John Wesley: Retrospective," PS1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, NY(solo)
"Nudes," Texas Gallery, Houston, TX
Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
"The Figure: Another Side of Modernism Paintings from 1950 to the Present," Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, Staten Island, NY
1999   "Irish Paintings", Jessica Fredericks Gallery, New York, NY
1998   "Favorite Works", Jessica Fredericks Gallery, New York, NY
"Paintings and Gouaches" Chinati Foundation, Marfa, TX
"Women" Danese Gallery, New York, NY
1996   "Man & Beast" Jessica Fredericks Gallery, New York, NY
1994   Jose Freire Fine Art, New York, NY
Galerie Rolf Ricke, Cologne, Germany
1993   "John Wesley: Retrospective" Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
"John Wesley: Retrospective", Portikus, Frankfurt, Germany
"John Wesley: Retrospective: Works on Paper", Kunstverein Ludwigsburg, Ludwigsburg, Germany
"Works on Paper", Galerie Marc Jancou, Zurich, Switzerland
101 Spring Street Gallery, New York, NY
1992   "A Retrospective View 1962-1992", Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
"Twelve Nudes", Galerie Antoine Candau, Paris, France
1990   "Works on Paper", Drew Gallery, Canterbury, UK
Chinati Foundation, Marfa, TX
1989   Carl Solway Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
1984   Robert Elkon Gallery, New York, NY
1983   "Cheep! Paintings from the Years 1962 - 1982", Reinhard Onnasch Ausstellungen, Berlin, Germany
Robert Elkon Gallery, New York, NY
1982   Robert Elkon Gallery, New York, NY
1980   Robert Elkon Gallery, New York, NY
1979   Robert Elkon Gallery, New York, NY
1978   Robert Elkon Gallery, New York, NY
1976   Robert Elkon Gallery, New York, NY
1975   Robert Elkon Gallery, New York, NY
1974   University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
Robert Elkon Gallery, New York, NY
1973   Galerie Rudolf Zwirner, Cologne, Germany
Carl Solway Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
Robert Elkon Gallery, New York, NY
1969 - 1972   Robert Elkon Gallery, New York, NY
1967   Robert Elkon Gallery, New York, NY
1965   Robert Elkon Gallery, New York, NY
1963   Robert Elkon Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
"The Popular Image," Washington Gallery of Modern Art, Washington, DC
1958   Exodus Gallery, San Pedro, CA
  Selected Public Collections:
  Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
Jack Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX
The Brooks Museum, Memphis, TN
Chase Manhattan Bank, New York, NY
Chinati Foundation, Marfa, TX
Dayton Museum of Art, Dayton, OH
Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
Detroit Institute of the Arts, Detroit, MI
Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, MA
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC
JB Speed Art Museum, Louisville, KY
Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawing Collection, New York, NY
Kunstmuseum, Basel, Switzerland
Michner Collection, University of Texas at Austin, TX
Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Minneapolis Society of Fine Arts, Minneapolis, MN
Neuberger Berman, Inc., New York, NY
Portikus, Frankfurt, Germany
Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR
Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
University of Kentucky at Lexington, KY
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Wadsworth Antheneum, Hartford, CT
Literature
2007   The Bumsteads. New York: Fredericks & Freiser, 2007 (catalogue)
2006   Myers, Terry R. John Wesley: A Collection. New York: Zwirner and Wirth, 2006 (catalogue)
2004   Disparities & Deforamations: Our Grotesque, curated by Robert Storr. Sante Fe: Site Santa Fe, 2004 (catalogue)
2003.   POP thru OUT. Cheonan, South Korea: Arario Gallery, 2003 (catalogue)
2000   Heiss, Alanna. John Wesley: Paintings 1961-2000 (1st ed.). New York: Distributed Art Publishers, 2000