Tom Wesselmann (1931-2004) was an American Pop artist best known for his collages, sculptures, and screenprints that stylized the female figure. Often isolating segments of the body--red lips with a cigarette, a single nipple, or a stylish shoe--his artworks aim to seize a viewer's attention. Born in Cincinatti, OH, he was drafted into the US Army to serve in the Korean War in 1952. Returning home after the war, he studied drawing at the Art Academy of Cincinatti before working as an illustrator of comic strips and men's magazines. In 1956, he moved to New York where he attended Cooper Union. Soon after graduation, Wesselmann founded the Judson Gallery, along with Jim Dine and Marcus Ratliff. Beginning in the 1960s, with his Great American Nude series, Wesselmann drew from Americana and media culture, to produce billboard-scaled paintings in flat bold colors. Like Dine, he was associated with the Pop Art movement but disagreed with being labeled as such. Through the following decades, the artist honed his idiosyncratic style while continuing to live in New York, NY until his death in 2004. In 2008, Great American Nude No. 48 (1963) sold at the Sotheby's New York for $10.7 million--a record for his work at the time. Today, the artist's works are in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Tate Gallery in London, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., among others.
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