Book drop – Tom Wesselmann

During the containment period, Almine Rech will offer access to some of its publications by making one catalog digitally available every Monday. The catalog will be available online during one week.

This week’s read: Tom Wesselmann ‘A Different Kind of Woman’, published by Almine Rech Editions in 2017.
In this catalog, you will find a foreword by Almine Rech, texts by Brenda Schmahmann (Professor and the SARChl Chair in South African Art and Visual Culture, University of Johannesburg) and Anne Pasternak (Shelby White and Leon Levy Director, Brooklyn Museum) as well as installation views of Tom Wesselmann’s exhibition at Almine Rech Paris (October – December, 2016) and archival material. It also inclused a facsimile of the original catalog published for the occasion of the exhibition ‘New Work by Tom Wesselmann’ held at the Sidney Janis Gallery in 1970.

The e-catalog is available online here

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Tom Wesselmann, Study for 3-D Nude, 2002 – Ink and colored pencil on 100% rag tracing paper – 23 x 23 x 4 cm ; 9 1/8 x 9 1/8 x 1 5/8 in (Signed lower right) / Courtesy of the Estate of Tom Wesselmann – © The Estate of Tom Wesselmann/Licensed by VAGA, New York
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Tom Wesselmann’s depiction of nudes has the fluid grace of an afternoon landscape in Summer: they shine by its sensuous forms and intense colors. Intimately sized, but larger-than-life presence, this Study for Nude from 2002 is powerful.

– Alexis Vaillant, Curator and writer, Former Chief-curator of CAPC – Museum of Contemporary Art of Bordeaux (France)

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Installation views at Almine Rech Paris (2016) – Photos: Rebecca Fanuele, and Almine Rech London (2019) – Photos: Melissa Castro Duarte / Courtesy of the Estate of Tom Wesselmann – © The Estate of Tom Wesselmann/Licensed by VAGA, New York
Tom Wesselmann was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on February 23, 1931. He attended Hiram College in Ohio from 1949 to 1951 before entering the University of Cincinnati. In 1953, his studies were interrupted by a two-year enlistment in the army, during which time he began drawing cartoons. He returned to the university in 1954 and received a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1956. During this time, he decided to pursue a career in cartooning and so enrolled at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. After graduation he moved to New York City, where he was accepted into the Cooper Union and where his focus shifted dramatically to fine art. He received his diploma in 1959.

Wesselmann became one of the leading American Pop artists of the 1960s, rejecting abstract expressionism in favor of the classical representations of the nude, still life, and landscape. He created collages and assemblages incorporating everyday objects and advertising ephemera in an effort to make images as powerful as the abstract expressionism he admired. He is perhaps best known for his great ‘American Nude’ series with their sensuous forms and intense colors. In the 1970s, Wesselmann continued to explore the ideas and media which had preoccupied him during the 1960s. Most significantly, his large ‘Standing Still Life’ series, composed of free standing shaped canvases, showed small intimate objects on a grand scale.

In 1980, Wesselmann now using the pseudonym Slim Stealingworth, wrote an autobiography documenting the evolution of his artistic work. He continued exploring shaped canvases (first exhibited in the 1960s) and began creating his first works in metal.

He instigated the development of a laser-cutting application, which would allow him to make a faithful translation of his drawings in cut-out metal. In the 1990s and early 2000s, the artist expanded these themes, creating abstract three dimensional images that he described as “going back to what I had desperately been aiming for in 1959.” He had indeed come full circle. In his final years, he returned to the female form in his ‘Sunset Nudes’ series of oil paintings on canvas, whose bold compositions, abstract imagery, and sanguine moods often recall the odalisques of Henri Matisse.

Wesselmann worked in New York City for more than four decades. He lived in New York City with his wife, Claire, daughters Jenny and Kate, and son Lane. He died there on December 17, 2004.