Tom Wesselmann

1931 · United States

Artist biography

Tom Wesselmann is seen as an established contemporary artist, who originates from the United States. Tom Wesselmann was born in 1931. Artists Knox Martin, Michael Goldberg, Michael Goldberg, Robert Rauschenberg and Allan Kaprow are of the same generation and same country as Tom Wesselmann.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Tom Wesselmann's work is on display in 6 galleries around the world, in countries like the United Kingdom and the United States. Galleries include Sims Reed Gallery in London, Jack Rutberg Fine Arts in Los Angeles, and Hollis Taggart Galleries in New York. Tom Wesselmann's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions at; Galerie Vedovi in Brussels (18 April 2017 - 24 June 2017) with the name TELLING IT LIKE IT IS and Gagosian | Beverly Hills in Los Angeles (12 July 2018 - 24 August 2018) with the name Wesselmann: 1963–1983. Tom Wesselmann's first listed exhibition in Artland's database was called TELLING IT LIKE IT IS and took place at Galerie Vedovi in Brussels, Belgium from the 18 April 2017 to 24 June 2017.

Tom Wesselmann in private collections

On Artland Tom Wesselmann's art can be found in the collection of Charles Riva Collection, who for instance also has works by other artists including Sarah Derat, Marie Kølbæk Iversen, and Won Sou-Yeol.

Historical Context of United States

The United States, in particular New York city, remains as a focal point that has played a significant role in developing modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century. The idea of New York as a new multinational and highly powerful art centre appeared in the post war era, and the city succeeded in asserting its supremacy over Paris, which used to be considered as the most powerful global art capital. The authority of the political and economic institutions of the United States in the modern sphere has provided the country with a prevailing influence on the visual culture of the world. Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Neo-Expressionism, Graffiti and Street Art, are influential art movements that flourished in the United States. These very movements also reverberated into a myriad of variations, such as diverse forms of Abstract Expressionism, as well as East and West Coast adaptations of Pop Art, among others. Some internationally distinguished U.S artists of the contemporary period age include Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella, Donald Judd, Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger, Julian Schnabel, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring.

Further Biographical Context for Tom Wesselmann

Born in 1931, Tom Wesselmann was largely influenced by the 1950s. The 1950s can be said to have been dominated by Abstract Expressionism, a form of painting that prioritised dramatic brushstrokes and explored ideas about organic nature, spirituality and the sublime. Much of the focus was on the formal techniques of painting, and ideas of action painting were conflated with the political freedom of the United States society as opposed to the strictures nature of the Soviet bloc. Key artists of the Abstract Expressionist Generation included Jackson Pollock (who innovated his famed drip, splatter and pour painting techniques), Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Frank Kline, Barnett Newman, Clyfford Still and Adolph Gottlieb. It was a male dominated environment, though necessary reassessment of this period has underlined the contributions of female artists such as Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, and Louise Bourgeois, amongst others.

Tom Wesselmann

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