ARTS & CULTURE

Tom Wesselmann's 'Works 1958-2004' at Haunch of Venison

11/04/2010 02:00 am 02:00:36 | Updated May 25, 2011

WHO: Tom Wesselman

WHAT: Works 1958-2004

WHEN: 8 October- 6 November 2010

WHERE: Haunch of Venison
6 Burlington Gardens
London W1S 3ET
United Kingdom

WHY:

American painter, sculptor and printmaker Tom Wesselmann (1931-2004) is widely regarded as one of the leading figures of American Pop Art. Haunch of Venison London presents 'Tom Wesselmann: Works 1958 - 2004', the most extensive exhibition of his work to date in the UK. The exhibition brings together a selection of major paintings and drawings from across his career. Spanning four decades, the show will examine the evolution of Wesselmann's style, revealing his openness to a range of subject matter, scale and media. Tom Wesselmann had planned to become a cartoonist but, while a student at the Cooper Union, the powerful work of Willem de Kooning provided both inspiration and inhibition as he attempted to find a new direction centred around a tangible subject.
Among the works in the exhibition are several of Wesselmann's iconic paintings, from the Great American Nude series which he began in 1961, including Great American Nude #53 (1964) an accentuated and sensual nude study against the background of a typical American interior.

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