Sale: 393 / Post War/Contemporary Art, June 09. 2012 in Munich Lot 224

 
Tom Wesselmann - Study for Banner Nude (Gallery Edition)


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Tom Wesselmann
Study for Banner Nude (Gallery Edition), 1974.
Watercolor
Estimate:
€ 18,000 / $ 20,880
Sold:
€ 22,500 / $ 26.100

(incl. 25% surcharge)
Study for Banner Nude (Gallery Edition). 1974.
Watercolor over pencil.
Signed, dated and dedicated "for Daryl, # 5" in lower margin. Titled and inscribed on verso. On cardboard. 12,5 x 18 cm (4,9 x 7 in), size of sheet.

PROVENANCE: Collection Daryl Harnisch, New York (acquired directly from artist, with label on frame).
Private collection USA.

EXHIBITION: Tom Wesselmann: Graphics 1964-1977, A Retrospective of Work in Edition Form, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, 18 April - 18 June, 1978, cat. no. 21.
Sidney Janis Gallery, New York (with label on frame).

Tom Wesselmann was born in Cincinnati / Ohio on 23 February 1931. Between 1945 and 1951 he studied at the Hiram College in Ohio before studying psychology at Cincinnati university. One year later he was called up for military service due to the Korea war. Being discontented with his situation he began to draw cartoons at that time. In 1954 he resumed his studies and apart from this he attended the art academy. He moved to New York and attends Cooper Union School for Arts and Architecture in 1956. He earned his living by working as a cartoonist for several journals and magazines as well as by teaching at a high school in Brooklyn. At the end of the fifties a series of collages in small format were created being regarded as precursors of the later series 'Great American Nudes' and 'Still life' in big format. Out of these collages he developed first nude depictions in 1960. His first single exhibition took place at the Tanager Gallery in New York in 1961. One year later he participated in the group exhibition 'New Realists' at the Sidney Janis Gallery, his international career with numerous exhibitions started off. The same year his first assemblages with the title 'Still Life' came into existence. In 1963 Wesselmann married his girl-friend and fellow student Claire Selley, who also was his most important model. He began a series of 'Bathtub Collages'. In 1966 the first of many one-man shows took place at the Janis Gallery. In 1964 Tom Wesselmann began with further series, e.g. 'Bedroom Paintings', 'Seascapes' and 'Smokers', which he continued until the early 1980s.

As of the 1960s the female body, along with objects of everyday use, become the dominating topic in Wesselmann's work. He finds his motif in the pornographically appealing pose, emphasized through the extreme close-up. The female body becomes carrier of erotic appeal and of excessively exploited commercial space of western consumerism. Accordingly, this woman has lost any individuality, she just consists of breast and mouth.

In 1980 he published a treatise about his artistic development under the pseudonym Slim Stealingworth. In 1983 first 'Metal Works' were produced, which were based on the artist's drawings and sketches and which are from now on in the centre of the artist's interest. In 1994 a comprehensive retrospective took place at the Kunsthalle in Tübingen. Wesselmann died in New York on 17 December 2004. [EH].




224
Tom Wesselmann
Study for Banner Nude (Gallery Edition), 1974.
Watercolor
Estimate:
€ 18,000 / $ 20,880
Sold:
€ 22,500 / $ 26.100

(incl. 25% surcharge)