The estate of Tom Wesselmann

  • Courtesy the Estate of Tom Wesselmann - Licensed by VAGA, New York and Almine Rech.
    , Sunset Nude With Matisse Odalisque, 2003
    Oil on canvas, 304,8 x 254 cm - 120 x 100 in.
    Sunset Nude With Matisse Odalisque, 2003. Oil on canvas, 304,8 x 254 cm - 120 x 100 in. - Courtesy the Estate of Tom Wesselmann - Licensed by VAGA, New York and Almine Rech.
  • , Girl Eating a Banana, 1967-68
    Oil on canvas
    130,8 x 190,5 cm
    51 1/2 x 75 inches
  • , Bedroom Painting #24, 1970
    Oil on shaped canvas
    190,5 x 236,9 x 63,5 cm
    75 x 93 1/4 x 25 inches
  • , Bedroom Painting #30, 1974
    Oil on canvas
    204,5 x 422,9 cm
    80 1/2 x 166 1/2 inches
  • , Bedroom Painting #35, 1967-75
    Oil on canvas
    213,4 x 167,6 cm
    84 x 66 inches
  • , Gina's Hand, 1972-82
    Oil on canvas
    149,9 x 208,3 cm
    59 x 82 inches
  • , Bedroom Painting #67, 1983
    Oil on canvas
    239,4 x 152,4 cm
    94 1/4 x 60 inches
  • , Bedroom Blonde with T.V., 1984-93
    Oil on canvas on board with working TV
    106,1 x 152,4 x 55,9 cm
    41 3/4 x 60 x 22 inches
  • , Smoker #3, 1968
    Oil on canvas
    181,6 x 170,2 cm
    71 1/2 x 67 inches
  • , Seascape #27, 1967-69
    Oil on canvas
    141 x 139,7 cm
    55 1/2 x 55 inches
  • , Sunset Nude, Floral Blanket, 2003
    Oil on canvas
    231 x 304,8 cm (framed)
    91 x 120 inches (framed)

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.

- The Estate of Tom Wesselmann


Museum Exhibitions


  • Tom Wesselmann - Catalogue Raisonné of The Great American Nudes

    Forthcoming 2021


    The Wildenstein Plattner Institute (WPI) is pleased to announce the launch of the Tom Wesselmann Catalogue Raisonné. Working in close collaboration with the Estate of the artist, the WPI will author a dynamic online publication that will link to digitized material from the artist’s archives.

    In addition to the wealth of archival documentation at the Wesselmann studio, the WPI’s researchers will also draw from the relevant archival materials compiled throughout the duration of the Jasper Johns Catalogue Raisonné project over the course of the last decade.

    The WPI will begin accepting submissions for possible inclusion to the Tom Wesselmann Catalogue Raisonné in March 2020. As their team of researchers will initially focus their efforts on examining works from The Great American Nude series, they will prioritize these works with a limited-time fee-waiver for submission. More information will be available about this process in the coming months.

    The Wildenstein Plattner Institute, Inc. is a non-profit foundation dedicated to the study of art history and to fostering the accessibility, cataloguing, and digitization of archival materials that support critical research in the field.

    Photo: Tom Wesselmann in his studio at 175 Bleecker Street, New York, with Great American Nude #21 (1961, in progress). / Photo: Jerry Goodman, 1961 - © The Estate of Tom Wesselmann/Licensed by ARS/VAGA, New York

  • Book drop - Tom Wesselmann

    May 18 - 25, 2020


    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

    You can also find more information about Almine Rech Editions here and purchase Tom Wesselmann's catalog here

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  • Selections - Online Viewing Room

    May 11 - 22, 2020


    Almine Rech is pleased to share with you a selection of new artworks by eleven artists the gallery represents. Entitled "Selections", the presentation takes place in our newly built 'viewing room.' It all began with the idea of expanding the experience of seeing art to a digital space where distance, simulation, and digitally constructed environments prevail, temporarily. These works in which body, figure and the identities’ essence are evident in the casting should have been presented for the first time this spring at Art Monaco, Art Brussels, and TEFAF New York, events which have either been postponed or canceled. Thus fostering proximity with an assembly of talents from the gallery, the ‘viewing room’ offers the possibility to encounter each work in a digital environment.

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

    With works by:
    Nathaniel Mary Quinn
    Ewa Juszkiewicz
    Tom Wesselmann
    Vaughn Spann
    Brent Wadden
    Günther Förg
    Tursic & Mille
    Johan Creten
    Chloe Wise
    Markus Lüpertz
    John McAllister

    Link to the Online Viewing Room here

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