Tom Wesselmann - Contemporary Art Day Sale New York Friday, November 14, 2014 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Sidney Janis Gallery, New York
    Donald Morris Gallery, Inc., Birmingham
    Private Collection
    Christie's, New York, Contemporary Art Part II, May 4, 1989, lot 224
    Private Collection
    Sotheby's, New York, Contemporary Art, February 26, 2007, lot 29
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • 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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Study for Bedroom Blonde, Black and Green Pillows

pencil, liquitex on Bristol board
14 1/8 x 16 3/4 in. (35.9 x 42.5 cm)
Signed and dated "Wesselmann 86" lower right.

$50,000 - 70,000 

Sold for $131,000

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Contemporary Art Day Sale

New York Auction 14 November 2014 11am