Tom Wesselmann  (American, 1931-2004) 

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Tom Wesselmann (American, 1931–2004), a central member of the Pop Art movement, was born in Cincinnati, OH. He attended the University of Cincinnati before serving in the army from 1951 to 1954. While he was in the service, he began drawing cartoons, a hobby which he decided to pursue as a career when his two-year tour ended. After graduating from the Art Academy of Cincinnati, he was accepted into Cooper Union in New York, where he was encouraged by faculty members to pursue painting and printmaking.

In the early 1960s, he began to make small collages and assemblages, which included everyday imagery from magazines, advertisements, and consumer culture. His work became more sexually charged in the late 1960s, culminating in his erotic series, Great American Nudes. Wesselmann’s work increased in scale in the 1970s, as he began painting simple objects on shaped canvases in his Standing Still Life series. Later in the 1970s, he created cut-out compositions in aluminum, enamel, and steel. In the last two years of his life, he returned to the female nude that had become so iconic in his work, producing the Sunset Nude series. Although stylistically similar to the flattened females of his earlier series, the women in the Sunset Nude series appear more abstracted and playful, alluding to the famous nudes of Henri Matisse and Man Ray.

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Tom Wesselmann, Shiny Nude (from the Rubber Stamp Portfolio)

 

Tom Wesselmann
Shiny Nude (from the Rubber Stamp Portfolio)
1977
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Tom Wesselmann, Fast Sketch Still Life with Goldfish

 

Tom Wesselmann
Fast Sketch Still Life with Goldfish
1998

Auction: Apr 30, 2014
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Tom Wesselmann, Summer Swimmer

 

Tom Wesselmann
Summer Swimmer
1998

Austin Art Projects
Tom Wesselmann, Smoking Cigarette #2

 

Tom Wesselmann
Smoking Cigarette #2
1991

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Tom Wesselmann, Seascape (Round)

 

Tom Wesselmann
Seascape (Round)
1993

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Tom Wesselmann, Sans titre (study for Bedroom painting 13)

 

Tom Wesselmann
Sans titre (study for Bedroom painting 13)
1969

Auction: Apr 27, 2014
Perrin, Royere, Lajeunesse - Versailles Enchères
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Tom Wesselmann, Monica Reclining On Back, Knees Up

 

Tom Wesselmann
Monica Reclining On Back, Knees Up
1990

Galerie Hafenrichter
Tom Wesselmann, Fast Sketch Still Life with Fruit and Goldfish

 

Tom Wesselmann
Fast Sketch Still Life with Fruit and Goldfish
1989

Larsen Gallery
Tom Wesselmann, Drawing for sunset nude (Variation #4)

 

Tom Wesselmann
Drawing for sunset nude (Variation #4)
2002

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Tom Wesselmann, Still Life with Apple, Orange and Radio

 

Tom Wesselmann
Still Life with Apple, Orange and Radio, 1991
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Tom Wesselmann, Blonde Vivienne

 

Tom Wesselmann
Blonde Vivienne, 1988-1989
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Tom Wesselmann, Great American Brown Nude: Cut Out

 

Tom Wesselmann
Great American Brown Nude: Cut Out, 1971
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1931   Born in Cincinnati, OH
1949 - 1951   Attended Hiram College, Hiram, OH
1954 - 1956   Attended the Art Academy of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
1956 - 1959   Attended the Cooper Union, New York, NY
1951 - 1965   BA, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
2004   Died in New York, NY
2013   Pop Art Accrochage, Fluegel-Roncak Gallery, Nuremberg, Germany
Tom Wesselmann - Galerie Thomas Modern, Munich
2012   Objects Of Desire - Davidson Contemporary, New York City, NY
Objects Of Desire - Maxwell Davidson Gallery, New York City, NY
Beyond Pop-Art - The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts - Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, Montreal, QC
Tom Wesselmann - Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, QC
Tom Wesselmann - David Janis Gallery, New York City, NY
2011   Highlights - Galerie Klaus Benden, Cologne
Grafiken" - Galerie Klaus Benden, Cologne
Tom Wesselmann - Kreeger Museum, Washington, DC
Galerie Fluegel-Roncak TOM WESSELMANN - Nudes and Flowers - Galerie Fluegel-Roncak, Nuremberg
2010   Tom Wesselmann: Plastic Works, Maxwell Davidson Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Tom Wesselmann Draws, Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, FL (solo)
Tom Wesselmann: 1958 - 2004, Haunch of Venison Gallery, London, UK (solo)
2008   Dessins, gouaches, maquettes et peintures, JGM Galerie, Paris, France (solo)
2007   Tom Wesselmann: The Columns Gallery, Seoul, Korea (solo)
Tom Wesselmann: Drop-Out, Yvon Lambert Gallery/Maxwell Davidson Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Tom Wesselmann: Drop-Out, Maxwell Davidson Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2006   Tom Wesselmann: Nudes, The Andipa Gallery, London, UK (solo)
2004   Marcel Strouk / Galerie Rive Gauche, Paris, France (solo)
2000   Tom Wesselmann: Blue Nudes, Joesph Helman Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Tom Wesselmann, JGM Galerie, Paris, France (solo)
1999   Tom Wesselmann: Small Survey: Small Scale, Maxwell Davidson Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1998   Wetterling Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden
1997   Tom Wesselmann, Galerie Benden Klimczak Viersen, Germany (solo)
1996   Tom Wesselmann Lasers and Lithos, Maxwell Davidson Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1995   Tom Wesselmann, Sidney Janis Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1994   Tom Wesselmann: Recent Works, Galerie Beatrice Wassermann, Munich, Germany (solo)
1993   Tom Wesselmann: New Cut Outs and Drawings, Wassermann Galerie, Munich, Germany (solo)
1992   Tom Wesselmann, Sidney Janis Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1991   Galerie Tokoro, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
1985   Sidney Janis Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1983   Sidney Janis Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1982   Recent Work by Tom Wesselmann, Sidney Janis Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1981   Hokin Gallery, Miami, FL
1980   New Sculpture & Paintings by Tom Wesselman, Sidney Janis Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1979   Galerie Serge di Bloe, Brussels, Belgium
Ehrlich Gallery, New York, NY
Ehrlich Gallery, New York, NY
1978   Tom Wesselmann: Graphics 1964-77, Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, MA (solo)
1976   Sidney Janis Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
  Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.
Museum of Modern Art, Toyama, Japan
Takashima Art Museum, Tokya, Japan