Tom Wesselmann Cincinnati, Ohio 1931 – 2004 New York

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Tom Wesselmann - Great American Nude Cut-Out
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Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Sale, London
July 2022
Christies, London
Est.: 5.000 - 7.000 GBP
Realised: 6.300 GBP
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Tom Wesselmann - Maquette for Monica with Motherwell (3-D)
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Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Sale, London
July 2022
Christies, London
Est.: 25.000 - 35.000 GBP
Realised: 19.000 GBP
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Tom Wesselmann - Still Life with Orange and Tulip
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Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Sale, London
July 2022
Christies, London
Est.: 25.000 - 35.000 GBP
Realised: 24.000 GBP
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Tom Wesselmann - \
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Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Sale, London
July 2022
Christies, London
Est.: 15.000 - 20.000 GBP
Realised: 31.500 GBP
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Tom  Wesselmann - Blonde Vivienne
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Living Contemporary
June 2022
Sothebys, Cologne
Est.: 600 - 800 EUR
Realised: not available
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Tom  Wesselmann - Smoker 
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Living Contemporary
June 2022
Sothebys, Cologne
Est.: 3.000 - 5.000 EUR
Realised: 6.048 EUR
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Tom Wesselmann - Smoker #21
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20th/21st Century: London Evening Sale
June 2022
Christies, London
Est.: 2.000.000 - 3.000.000 GBP
Realised: 2.442.000 GBP
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Tom  Wesselmann - Smoking Cigarette
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Living Contemporary
June 2022
Sothebys, Cologne
Est.: 4.000 - 6.000 EUR
Realised: 10.080 EUR
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Tom Wesselmann - Mixed Bouquet with Leger
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Editions Southampton
June 2022
Phillips, New York Auction
Est.: 15.000 - 25.000 USD
Realised: 21.420 USD
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Tom Wesselmann - Great American Nude Cut Out
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Evening & Day Editions
June 2022
Phillips, London Auction
Est.: 3.000 - 5.000 GBP
Realised: 4.032 GBP
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Tom Wesselmann - Still Life with Blue Jar and Smoking Cigarette (flat)
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Post-War & Contemporary Art
June 2022
Bonhams, London
Est.: 850.000 - 1.250.000 GBP
Realised: not available
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Tom  Wesselmann - Bouquet
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Living Contemporary
June 2022
Sothebys, Cologne
Est.: 6.000 - 8.000 EUR
Realised: 15.120 EUR
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The artist Tom Wesselmann

  • One of the most important representatives of US Pop Art.
  • Great American Nude series is his most successful work.
  • Great American Nude #98 (1967) is in the Museum Ludwig in Cologne.

Tom Wesselmann, born 23 February 1931 in Cincinnati, Ohio, died 17 December 2004 in New York, was one of the most important representatives of US Pop Art. Wesselmann's creative development initially began under the sign of Expressionism, but he soon turned away from it. The work for which he was later to become famous originated in Pop Art, although he distanced himself from this external attribution. Today, Wesselmann is counted among the most important artists of US Pop Art, alongside Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol.

Wesselmann's extensive depictions of female nudes and body parts became his hallmark; especially as the Great American Nude series, which he began in 1961, was to become his seminal work. The nudes are often characterised by sexual imagery. The viewer is given a glimpse of pop-coloured rooms in which undressed women pose lasciviously on blankets and chaise longues – in the 1960s, Wesselmann could certainly be considered a provocateur in this respect. Like his equally famous still lifes, the series of nude pictures is peppered with motifs from the advertising industry and its associated aesthetics: Cigarettes, spirits, posters, interiors, various foods and the regularly recurring orange run through his paintings just as often as stars-and-stripes colours and shapes.

In the 1980s, Wesselmann devoted himself to the production of metal figures using laser technology. As a basis for these works, he used his motifs, which had already been very successful by then. His oeuvre also includes various assemblages. Wesselmann studied at Cooper Union School of Art and Architecture in New York after his military service from 1952 to 1954 in the Korean War, graduating in 1959. He was already moving in the circles of the avant-garde New York art scene.

In the same year, he founded the Judson Gallery in the basement of the Judson Memorial Church together with Jim Dine, Marc Ratliff and Claes Oldenburg, which became a central meeting place for the avant-garde. Wesselmann died in 2004 at the age of 73.  Wesslemann's life's work was honoured with a retrospective in 1994, which was shown in ten different European cities. Meanwhile, his No. 98  from the Great American Nude series (#98, 1967) belongs to the collection of the Museum Ludwig in Cologne, while the Museum of Modern Art in New York City holds a large part of his work.

Der Künstler Tom Wesselmann

  • Einer der bedeutendsten Vertreter der US-amerikanischen Pop-Art.
  • Great American Nude Serie ist seine erfolgreichste Arbeit.
  • Great American Nude #98 (1967) befindet sich im Kölner Museum Ludwig.

Tom Wesselmann, geb. 23.02.1931 in Cincinnati, Ohio, gest. 17.12.2004 in New York, war einer der bedeutendsten Vertreter der US-amerikanischen Pop-Art. Wesselmanns künstlerische Entwicklung begann zunächst im Zeichen des Expressionismus, von dem er sich aber bald abwandte. Die Arbeit, für die er später bekannt werden sollte, entspringt der Pop-Art, von deren Fremdzuschreibung er sich selbst allerdings zeitlebens distanzierte. Heute wird Wesselmann neben Roy Lichtenstein und Andy Warhol dessen ungeachtet zu den wichtigsten Künstlern der US-amerikanischen Pop-Art gezählt.

Wesselmanns umfangreiche Darstellungsformen weiblicher Akte und Körperpartien wurden zu seinem Kennzeichen; zumal die Great American Nude Serie, mit der er 1961 begann, zu seiner bahnbrechenden Arbeit werden sollte. Wesselmanns Akte sind meist von sexueller Bildsprache geprägt. Er gibt Einblicke in poppig-bunt eingerichtete Räume, in denen entkleidete Frauen lasziv posieren. Die Nude-Bilderreihe ist, ähnlich wie seine ebenfalls berühmten Stillleben, mit Werbeelementen und der zugehörigen Ästhetik gespickt: Zigaretten, Spirituosen, diverse Lebensmittel und die regelmäßig wiederkehrende Orange ziehen sich ebenso oft wie die Stars-and-Stripes-Farben und -Formen durch seine Gemälde.

In den 1980ern widmete Wesselmann sich der Fertigung von Metallfiguren mittels Lasertechnik. Als Grundlage für diese Arbeiten nutzte er seine bis dahin bereits sehr erfolgreichen Motive. Sein Œuvre umfasst außerdem verschiedene Assemblagen. Wesselmann studierte nach seinem Militärdienst von 1952 bis 1954 im Koreakrieg an der Cooper Union School of Art and Architecture in New York und schloss dieses Studium 1959 ab. Er bewegte sich derzeit bereits in den Kreisen der avantgardistischen New Yorker Kunstszene und gründete noch im selben Jahr gemeinsam mit Jim Dine, Marc Ratliff und Claes Oldenburg die Judson Gallery .

Die Galerie befand sich im Keller der Judson Memorial Church und wurde zu einem zentralen Anlaufpunkt der Avantgarde. Wesselmann verstarb 2004 im Alter von 73 Jahren. Wesslemanns Lebenswerk wurde u. a. 1994 mit einer Retrospektive, die in zehn verschiedenen europäischen Städten zu sehen war, geehrt. Seine Nr. 98 aus der Great American Nude Serie (#98, 1967) gehört indes zur Sammlung des Kölner Museums Ludwig, während das Museum of Modern Art in New York City einen Großteil seiner Arbeiten unterhält.

Tom  Wesselmann - Claire Nude
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Living Contemporary
June 2022
Sothebys, Cologne
Est.: 5.000 - 7.000 EUR
Realised: 8.190 EUR
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Tom  Wesselmann - Monica Sitting Undressing
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Living Contemporary
June 2022
Sothebys, Cologne
Est.: 14.000 - 18.000 EUR
Realised: 20.160 EUR
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Tom Wesselmann - Study for Great American Nude #95
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Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Sale
May 2022
Christies, New York
Est.: 25.000 - 35.000 USD
Realised: 52.920 USD
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Tom Wesselmann - Study for Bedroom Painting #10
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Contemporary Day Auction
May 2022
Sothebys, New York
Est.: 50.000 - 70.000 USD
Realised: 63.000 USD
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Tom Wesselmann - Smoker, from An American Portrait 1776-1976
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Modern & Contemporary Prints & Multiples
May 2022
Bonhams, New York
Est.: 10.000 - 15.000 USD
Realised: 12.750 USD
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Tom Wesselmann - Helen Nude
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Modern & Contemporary Prints & Multiples
May 2022
Bonhams, New York
Est.: 6.000 - 8.000 USD
Realised: 12.750 USD
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Tom Wesselmann - Study for Still Life with Blonde
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Modern & Contemporary Prints & Multiples
May 2022
Bonhams, New York
Est.: 7.000 - 9.000 USD
Realised: 15.300 USD
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Tom Wesselmann - Scribble Version of Still Life #58
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Modern & Contemporary Prints & Multiples
May 2022
Bonhams, New York
Est.: 7.000 - 9.000 USD
Realised: 12.750 USD
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Tom Wesselmann - Thames Scene with Power Station
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Modern & Contemporary Prints & Multiples
May 2022
Bonhams, New York
Est.: 7.000 - 10.000 USD
Realised: 7.650 USD
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Tom Wesselmann - Fast Sketch Still Life with Abstract Painting
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Modern & Contemporary Prints & Multiples
May 2022
Bonhams, New York
Est.: 6.000 - 9.000 USD
Realised: 10.200 USD
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Tom Wesselmann - Nude with Bouquet and Blue Stockings
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Modern & Contemporary Prints & Multiples
May 2022
Bonhams, New York
Est.: 8.000 - 12.000 USD
Realised: 19.125 USD
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Tom Wesselmann - Monica Lying on her Side with Scribbles
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Modern & Contemporary Prints & Multiples
May 2022
Bonhams, New York
Est.: 4.000 - 6.000 USD
Realised: not available
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