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Tom Wesselmann

American, 1931–2004

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Tom Wesselmann

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American, 1931–2004

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Biography

Tom Wesselmann is considered one of the major artists of New York Pop Art, along with Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol. Best known for his 1960s series “Great American Nude,” which featured flat figures in an intense palette of red, white, blue, and other patriotic colors, Wesselmann, in an effort to reject Abstract Expressionism, made collages and assemblages that incorporated everyday objects and advertising ephemera. In the early 1980s, he produced his first "Metal Works,” in which he shaped canvases and cut metal to create abstract three-dimensional images. In his final years, Wesselmann returned to the female form in the “Sunset Nudes” series, where the compositions, abstract imagery, and sanguine moods recall the odalisques of Henri Matisse.

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£4m, Sotheby's, 2017
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MCA Chicago
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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 7 more
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Artforum, and 1 more
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Biography

Tom Wesselmann is considered one of the major artists of New York Pop Art, along with Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol. Best known for his 1960s series “Great American Nude,” which featured flat figures in an intense palette of red, white, blue, and other patriotic colors, Wesselmann, in an effort to reject Abstract Expressionism, made collages and assemblages that incorporated everyday objects and advertising ephemera. In the early 1980s, he produced his first "Metal Works,” in which he shaped canvases and cut metal to create abstract three-dimensional images. In his final years, Wesselmann returned to the female form in the “Sunset Nudes” series, where the compositions, abstract imagery, and sanguine moods recall the odalisques of Henri Matisse.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
Auction
High auction record
£4m, Sotheby's, 2017
User
Solo show at a major institution
MCA Chicago
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 7 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 1 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 1 more
Shows Featuring Tom Wesselmann
Articles Featuring Tom Wesselmann
Why Pop Artists Were Obsessed with Food
Nov 3rd, 2018
Why Pop Artists Were Obsessed with Food
Galerie Thomas At 50 Years: An Interview with Founder Raimund Thomas
Oct 2nd, 2014
Galerie Thomas At 50 Years: An Interview with Founder Raimund Thomas
Tom Wesselmann and Sam Francis Among American Masters at Art Southampton
Jul 21st, 2014
Tom Wesselmann and Sam Francis Among American Masters at Art Southampton
Tom Wesselmann's Birthday Suit
Feb 23rd, 2013
Tom Wesselmann's Birthday Suit
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