Tom Wesselmann Retrospective Livens Up Art Musuem
Tom Wesselmann (American, b.1931, d.2004) Landscape #5, 1965 oil on canvas and Liquitex and collage on canvas 84 x 144 1/2 x 18 in. Lent by Claire Wesselmann. © Estate of Tom Wesselmann/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY, Photo Credit: Jeffrey Sturges
Photography provided by The Cincinnati Art Museum
The Cincinnati Art Museum hosts Beyond Pop Art: A Tom Wessel-mann Retrospective from October 31, 2014 to January 18, 2015.
“This is Wesselmann’s first retrospective in North America, and it is long overdue,” says Matt Distel, museum curator.
Wesselmann was born in Cincinnati in 1931. When he died in 2004 he had become a central figure, together with Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and others in the Pop Art movement that came to prominence in the 1960s.
The paintings at the exhibition showcase Wesselmann’s unique take on the commoditization of narrative and form. They represent, almost playfully, the branded, prepackaged milieu of the modern world, though they do not deride it. The works are perspicuous and approachable because they contain no hint of judgement.
“Once inside the exhibition, people will see the Tom Wesselmann they think they know, the iconic Pop Art, is just one component of a long, nuanced and varied career,” says Distel.
The Cincinnati Art Museum is located at 953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202. You can reach them at 513.721.ARTS (2787) or visit their website at www.cincinnatiartmuseum.org.