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  • 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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New Bedroom Blonde Doodle

1991
Screenprint in colors, on Arches 88 paper, with full margins,
I. 24 3/4 x 27 in. (62.9 x 68.6 cm);
S. 30 x 35 in. (76.2 x 88.9 cm)

signed and numbered 20/100 in pencil (there were also 12 artist's proofs), published by International Images, Inc., Putney, Vermont (with their blindstamp), a very soft handling crease in the right margin, otherwise in excellent condition, unframed.

Estimate
$5,000 - 7,000 

Sold for $9,375

Modern & Contemporary Editions

2 June 2009, 2pm
New York