Tom Wesselmann - New Now New York Tuesday, September 24, 2019 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Adams-Middleton Gallery, Dallas
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Zurich, Galerie Gmurzynska, American Icons, October 22, 2016 - March 31, 2017 (another example exhibited)

  • 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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Belt Still Life

signed and numbered "Wesselmann 25/0" on the fabricator label affixed to the base
Rosenthal porcelain in Perspex box
11 7/8 x 18 x 8 in. (30.2 x 45.7 x 20.3 cm.)
Executed in 1982, this work is an artist's proof from an edition of 25 plus an unknown number of artist's proofs.

$30,000 - 50,000 

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New York Auction 24 September 2019