TOM WESSELMANN "STILL LIFE W BLOWING RED CURTAIN" 1998
Tom Wesselmann (1931-2004) is one of the most iconic, collected..and sexy American Pop artists.
Wesselmann arrived in New York City to study at Cooper Union with the goal of becoming a cartoonist.
He was heavily influenced by the reigning Abstract Expressionist painters of the day; specially Willem de Kooning and Robert Motherwell. But the end of the 1950's Wesselmann decided that he would become an artist.
After graduation Wesselmann would exhibit collages alongside Jim Dine. One of Wesselmann's earliest paintings was an immediate hit - depicting a stylized nude in simple bold patriotic colors alongside collage elements.
By the early 1960's, although they were working completely independently from each other, Wesselmann, Andy Warhol, James Rosenquist and Roy Lichtenstein were contributing to the nascent Pop Art movement. All four of the artists were appropriating images from advertising, comic books and consumer culture.
Wesselmann was ambivalent if not critical of his association with Pop Art and by the mid 1960's he would be increasingly focusing on nudes, which would become his signature motif. The artist once said “Painting, sex, and humor are the most important things in my life."
This bold and uplifting silkscreen is a paradigm of Wesselmann's interiors.
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"Still Life with Blowing Red Curtain"
From an edition of 100
Signed, numbered and dated 1998 by the artist.
23.5"H 18"W (work)
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