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Tom Wesselmann

American 1931-2004 

Thomas Wesselmann was one of the leading Pop artists in America in the 1960s and worked mainly in painting, collage, and sculpture. He was trained to interpret aerial photography during the Korean War and began to draw cartoons about his military experiences. On completion of his military service, he took art classes at the Art Academy of Cincinnati whilst studying for a degree in Psychology and in 1956 he studied art at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York. Wesselmann’s works explored the nude, landscape, and still life images, often in the form of collages incorporating everyday items and advertising slogans.

Wesselmann co-founded the Judson Gallery with Jim Dine and Marc Ratliff in the late 1950s, whilst teaching high school during the day and working on his own practice at night. His Great American Nude series from 1961–1973 is highly considered. This was followed by a period of creating a series of Bedroom Paintings and his Standing Still Life series of enormous, shaped canvases of small intimate objects between 1968 and 1983. Wesselmann used a laser technique to recreate his drawings with cut metal, constantly pushing the boundaries between painting and sculpture. Towards the end of his life, he returned to creating images of the female nude in his Sunset Nude series.

Wesselmann exhibited widely throughout his career and his artworks are represented in private and major public collections throughout the United States of America, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Smithsonian Museum of American Art in Washington, DC.

5 lots offered      100.00% sold      ZAR 442 498

Including Premium and VAT Results include Buyer's Premium and VAT
Tom Wesselmann; Helen Nude
25 Oct 2023
Sold for ZAR 117 250
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Tom Wesselmann; Monica Sitting Elbows on Knees
28 Mar 2023
Sold for ZAR 93 800
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Tom Wesselmann; Monica Sitting Elbows and Knees, from the Brooklyn Academy of Music III series
6 Mar 2017
Sold for ZAR 90 944
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Tom Wesselmann; Monica Stitting Elbows on Knees, from the Brooklyn Academy of Music III series
10 Nov 2014
Sold for ZAR 62 524
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Tom Wesselmann; Helen Nude
1 Nov 2010
Sold for ZAR 77 980
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT