Tom Wesselmann - Contemporary Art Day Sale New York Friday, May 15, 2015 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Gift from the artist to Carroll Janis and Wendy Worth
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    David Janis Gallery, New York, Tom Wesselmann: Paintings, Steel Drawings, Works on Paper and Maquettes, February 27 - April 24, 2010

  • Artist Biography

    Tom Wesselmann

    American • 1931 - 2004

    As a former cartoonist and leading figure of the Pop Art movement, Tom Wesselmann spent many years of his life repurposing popular imagery to produce small to large-scale works that burst with color. Active at a time when artists were moving away from the realism of figurative painting and growing increasingly interested in abstraction, Wesselmann opted for an antithetical approach: He took elements of city life that were both sensual and practical and represented them in a way that mirrored Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol's own methodologies.

    Wesselmann considered pop culture objects as exclusively visual elements and incorporated them in his works as pure containers of bold color. This color palette became the foundation for his now-iconic suggestive figurative canvases, often depicting reclining nudes or women's lips balancing a cigarette.

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From Smoker #7

pencil, Liquitex on 100% rag paper
image 9 x 9 3/8 in. (22.9 x 23.8 cm)
sheet 13 1/4 x 12 in. (33.7 x 30.5 cm)

Signed and annotated "For Wendy and Carrol Tom Wesselmann" lower edge.

$70,000 - 100,000 

Sold for $100,000

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Contemporary Art Day Sale

New York Day Sale 15 May 2015 11am