Lot 35: Tom Wesselmann, “Amy Reclining,” Sculpture, 1985
October 27, 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Tom Wesselmann (1931–2004) — American painter, graphic artist, and sculptor
From an edition of 50
Signature, date, and edition number incised on sculpture
Provenance: In the collection of Dorothy Blau
Private Collection, Florida
Work dimensions: 33 x 13 x 1/16 in (83.83 x 33.02 x 0.16 cm)
Very good condition.
Tom Wesselmann’s “Amy Reclining” is an elegant, understated example of one of the artist’s forays into metal sculpture. Atypically monochrome, “Amy Reclining” deftly captures the gestural, sketchy qualities characteristic of Wesselmann’s paintings and drawings in brushed steel, granting the work an intimate quality despite its stark, industrial medium. Yet another example of Wesselmann’s trademark languid nudes, “Amy Reclining” is a masterful translation of the artist’s highly developed technique as a painter and draftsman to an alternate medium.
Tom Wesselmann (American, b.1931 - d.2004)
Tom Wesselmann was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, and studied initially psychology at the University of Cincinnati. He then applied for further artistic training under Nicolas Marsciano at the Cooper Union School for Arts and Architecture in New York (1956–1959). Like many Pop art artists, Wesselmann was always inspired by images of the mass media; the depiction of the nude, his ‘Great American Nude’, was always the central subject of his entire oeuvre. In 1983, Wesselmann founded a new technique which enabled him to reproduce his drawings in steel at a larger scale. These so-called ‘cut outs’ were primarily based on the traditional genres ‘nude’, ‘still life’ and ‘landscape’ and constitute Wesselmann’s most productive phase of his career. Since 1961, when his first solo exhibition was held at the Tanager Gallery in New York, Tom Wesselmann's works have been exhibited worldwide, including the Documenta 4 in Kassel and the Biennale in Venice. His works can also be found in major art collections such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Tate Gallery in London and the Museum Ludwig in Cologne.
In very good condition with some minor abrasion.
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