Tom Wesselmann - Contemporary Art Day Sale London Wednesday, October 10, 2012 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private Collection, Florida

  • Exhibited

    Tom Wesselmann: Graphics 1964–1977, exh. cat., Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, April–June 1978, p.18 (illustrated)

  • 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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11 colours and transparent sewn vinyl and plastic
110 × 110 cm (43 1/3 × 43 1/3 in)
This work is a trial proof aside from the signed and numbered edition of 30 and is published by Multiples, Inc.

£10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for £23,750

Contemporary Art Day Sale

11 October 2012