Wesselmann’s erotic pop-coloured canvasses have allured pop-art's A-List since the 1960s. A far cry from Warholian soup tins, Wesselman's work is as provocative as it is controversial. He's perhaps best known for his giant 1960s Great American Nudes series, a bold project which saw the artist trying to establish a new, patriotic mode of expression in the visual arts to rival the success of the American novel.
Like his contemporaries, Wesselmann was fascinated by American consumer culture during the boom years. He was celebrated for offsetting nudes modelled on the traditional prototypes of Titian and Matisse with the stark reds, whites, and blues of the American flag so popular with contemporary advertisers.
While previous Wesselmann exhibitions at Alan Cristea Gallery have caused a stir, Gagosian London’s upcoming exhibition, Bedroom Paintings, is perhaps the most risqué to date.
Consequently, these arresting, boldly sexual works have divided opinion. His salaciously splayed nudes seemed primed to outrage – or at least to capitalise on the old adage 'sex sells'. Wesselman himself claimed his work only 'really began' when he came in closer on the nude, when he dealt 'with big shapes' to emphasise his treatment of abstract form and colour.
With free admission, and a lovely setting, it's worth heading down to Gagosian this autumn to see whether these intriguing nudes get too close for comfort.
|What||Gallery Exhibition: Tom Wesselmann, Bedroom Paintings, Gagosian London|
|Where||Gagosian Davies Street, 17-19 Davies Street, London, W1k 3DE | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Bond Street (underground)|
04 Oct 17 – 16 Dec 17, Tuesday to Saturday 10am - 6pm
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