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

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  • Provenance

    Private Collection, New York

  • 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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Tiny Dropped Bra #32

signed and partially titled "WESSELMANN #32" on the reverse of the paper; further signed, titled and dated "WESSELMANN TINY DROPPED BRA #32 1981" on the reverse of the Plexiglas box
acrylic on cut and folded paper in Plexiglas box
6 1/8 x 8 1/4 x 4 1/4 in. (15.6 x 21 x 10.8 cm.)
Executed in 1981, this work is number 32 from a series of 40 unique variants plus 4 artist's proofs.

$15,000 - 20,000 

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New York Auction 24 September 2019