“Over the years, I’d gotten excited about scale…I wanted to deal with these big shapes; so I came in closer and closer on the nude…That was really when my work began.” — Tom Wesselmann
Almine Rech Gallery and Gagosian present two related exhibitions of works by Tom Wesselmann highlighting the bold approach to scale and color, art history and erotic representation that make the American artist one of the most inventive Pop artists of his era.
At Gagosian, a selection of “Bedroom Paintings” made between 1968 and 1983 reveals the full breadth of the series that Wesselmann considered so central to his oeuvre.
At Almine Rech Gallery, the key work “Nude with Lamp” (1977-80) is accompanied by related paintings and works on paper where Wesselmann complicates the relationship between his female figures and their environments. In the words of the artist these works were “his first attempts to be emotionally touching, on levels other than sexual.”