Tom Wesselmann - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session New York Wednesday, November 16, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private Collection (gifted by the artist)
    Thence by descent to the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Long Beach, The Art Galleries, California State University; Athens, Trisolini Gallery of Ohio University; Kansas City, Nelson Gallery-Atkins Museum, Tom Wesselmann: The Early Years, Collages 1959-1962, November 10, 1974–March 10, 1975
    New York, Pavel Zoubok Fine Art, The Tiny Picture Show, December 10, 2015–January 23, 2016
    New York, Maxwell Davidson Gallery, Tom Wesselmann Perfecting the Process, September 12–October 26, 2019

  • Literature

    Melissa Stern, “The Vast Possibilities of Tiny Collage and Assemblage,” Hyperallergic, January 15, 2016, online

  • 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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signed with the artist’s initial and dated "W 59" upper left
collage and acrylic on cut canvas
7 3/4 x 6 1/4 in. (19.7 x 15.9 cm)
Executed in 1959, this work will be included in the Tom Wesselmann Digital Corpus and the forthcoming Tom Wesselmann Digital Catalogue Raisonné, both published by the Wildenstein Plattner Institute.

$60,000 - 80,000 

Sold for $69,300

Contact Specialist

Annie Dolan
Specialist, Head of Day Sale, Morning Session
+1 212 940 1288

20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session

New York Auction 16 November 2022