Celebrating Tom Wesselmann!!!

Celebrating Tom Wesselmann!!!


Awesome Painter – Tom Wesselmann!!!

The challenge for an artist is always to find your own way of doing something– one of the best quotes of Tom Wesselmann…

Thomas K Wesselmann was fashioned in painting, collage and sculpt, who was an awesome American artist (painter) correlated with the Pop Art movement.

Wesselmann was born on February 23rd 1931 at Cincinnati.

Initial years

  • Started his college in Ohio, at Hiram college and then shifted to major in Psychology at the University of Cincinnati from 1949 to 1951
  • In 1952, he was forged into US Army, where he contrived his first cartoons and became excited in pursuance of his career in cartooning
  • After his clearance, he graduated his psychology degree in 1954
  • Thereupon he commenced his course of drawing at the Art Academy of Cincinnati
  • He got an introductory success in selling his first cartoon collections to the magazines 1000 Jokes and True
  • He was authorized by Cooper Union in 1956 and extended his studies in New York
  • The year 1958 was a momentous year in Tom Wesselmann’s life, since
  • A landscape painting cruise to Cooper Union's Green Camp in rural New Jersey made him realize that he could go after painting on behalf of cartoon as his career

Successful career

  • 1959 to 1964 è immediately after his graduation, Wesselmann became the one amongst the authorizing members of the Judson Gallery
  • Displayed some collages in a Two-man exhibition at Judson Gallery
  • Started to teach art at a public school in Brooklyn and later at the High School of Art and Design
  • Wesselmann’s Series “Great American Nude” started in 1961 brought him to the attention towards art nature
  • Wesselmann was afforded a show at Tanager Gallery, which was his first solo show depicting both large & small Great American Nude collages
  • He was afforded a one-man exhibition at the Green Gallery by Richard Bellamy in 1962
  • New Realists exhibition was held by Sidney Janis Gallery in November 1962, where Wesselmann participated in the New Realist show with some skepticism exhibiting two 1962 works è Still life #17 and Still life #22
  • In 1962, he started working on new sequence of still life’s, exploring with assemblage as well as collage
  • In 1964, Ben Brillio approached Wesselmann with the objective of regulating the The American Supermarket at the Bianchini Gallery in New York
  • 1965 to 1970 è Wesselmann’s works are mostly in these years only
  • Great American Nude #53, #57 and #82
  • Mouth series began in 1965, followed by his Seascapes
  • Also counted Bedroom Painting and Smoker Study
  • Smoker Study became one of the most intermittent motifs in the 1970’s
  • Wesselmann made various studies in Seascapes in oil
  • Continually he worked on Bedroom Painting series, in which fundamentals of the Great American Nude, Still Lifes and Seascapes were connected
  • 1970’s è Wesselmann made
  • Still Life #59 - five panels
  • He infused a self-portrait in Bedroom painting #12
  • Still Life #60 arose in 1974
  •  The monumental outline, almost 26 feet (7.9 m) long where he took the level of gigantism
  • In 1973, he brought an end to the series The Great American Nude with The Great American Nude #100 escorted by an twisted ushers that divulged in the artist’s own words: “Painting, sex, and humor are the most important things in my life"  
  • 1980’s
  • The monograph Tom Wesselmann, an autobiography written under the pseudonym Slim Stealingworth was published by Wesselmann in 1980
  • In 1983, Wesselmann captured by the idea of drawing in a steel
  • In 1984, Wesselmann started to present his drawing in colors such as landscape sketches, which were enlarged and assembled in aluminium
  • 1990’s
  • Wesselmann’s metal sketches pursued to unbroken metamorphosis named My Black Belt in 1990
  • The Drawing Society broadcasted a video in which Wesselmann makes a silhouette of a model and an aluminium work
  • In 1999 he presented his ultimate Smoker work, Smoker #1 (3-D), as a respite in aluminum
  • 2002 to 2004
  • For the last ten years, Wesselmann's health was deteriorated by heart disease, but his studio presentations survived unbroken
  • Ensuing surgery for his heart disease, Tom Wesselmann died of complexity on December 17th 2004.
  • His last outstanding paintings of the series Sunset Nudes (2003/2004) were published after his death in April 2006 at the Robert Miller Gallery in New York


  • Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Roma (MACRO) exhibited a reflective of Tom Wesselmann’s outstanding collections escorted by a exhaustive archive in 2005
  • L&M Arts in New York held a large-scale exhibition of pieces from the 1960s
  • Maxwell Davidson and Yvon Lambert galleries mutually afforded the Drop-Out series in New York in 2007
  • Clemency of a new monograph on the artist, written by John Wilmerding and broadcasted by Rizzoli, Tom Wesselmann, His Voice and Vision
  • A reflective show Tom Wesselmann und die Pop Art : pictures on the wall of your heart (2008–2009) at Städtische Galerie in Ravensburg, Germany highlighted music recordings of his band, generosity of his estate
  • Another show by Maxwell Davidson, Tom Wesselmann: Plastic Works, was the first ever study of Wesselmann’s work in designed plastic
  • Everlasting lifetime relative of drawings, Tom Wesselmann Draws, was published at Haunch of Venison Gallery, New York, and then seasoned to
  • The Museum of Fine Art, Fort Lauderdale
  • FL, at Nova Southeastern University
  • The Kreeger Museum in Washington, DC
  • A lifetime reflective, opened at The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in May 2012




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