Artist: Tom Wesselmann American (1931-2004)
Original lithograph on white wove paper
From the One Cent Life Portfolio
From edition of 2000
Printed by Maurice Beaudet, Paris, 1964
Published by E.W. Kornfield, Bern, Switzerland
Unsigned/unnumbered as issued
Printed on two sheets as issued.
Shipped boxed flat.
Certificate of Authenticity.
Image Size: 21 ½ in x 13 1/2 in 54.6 cm x 33cm
Two Sheet Size: 23 in x 16 1/8 in 58.4 cm x 40.9 cm
"I find sometimes I get so excited working, especially when starting new ideas; I get so excited that I get uncomfortable. It almost feels dangerous, like I'm flirting with something dangerous." Tom Wesselmann
Tom Wesselmann 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 was to seize a viewer’s attention. 'The prime mission of my art, in the beginning, and continuing still, is to make figurative art as exciting as abstract art,' he once said of his work. Born 1931 in Cincinnati, 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 Cincinnati before working as an illustrator of comic strips and men’s magazines. In 1956, he moved to New York where he attended the 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, Wesselman 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. 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. (artnet.com)
Portfolio Cover by Lichtenstein
One Cent Life Portfolio
The 1964 One Cent Life Portfolio was written by Walasse Ting, edited by Sam Francis, and published by E.W. Kornfeld. This ambitious project of loose limited edition color lithographs, beautifully incorporates American Pop and European Expressionism.
The complete portfolio includes 62 original lithographs by Pierre Alechinsky, Karel Appel, Enrico Baj, Alan Davie, Jim Dine, Sam Francis, Robert Indiana, Asger Jorn, Roy Lichtenstein, Joan Mitchell, Claes Oldenburg, Mel Ramos, Robert Rauschenberg, Jean-Paul Riopelle, James Rosenquist, Antonio Saura, Bram Van Velde, Andy Warhol, Tom Wesselmann and other American and European POP artists.
"It very quickly became the manifesto of a new generation of painters and the expression of the new pictorial research that they were engaged in….” (Gemini Fine Books & Arts, Ltd.)