Wexler Gallery

Tom Wesselmann

  • Smoking Cigarette, 1998
    Liquitex and collage paper
    6 x 6 in Framed: 16 x 13.5 in
  • Andy Warhol, iconic pop artist at Wexler Gallery in Philadelphia, PA.
    Nude, from Seascape Portfolio, 1978
    Colored liquitex over etching
    6 1/4 X 6 3/4 inches



Tom Wesselmann is considered one of the major artists of New York Pop Art, along with Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol. Best known for his 1960s series “Great American Nude,” which featured flat figures in an intense palette of red, white, blue, and other patriotic colors, Wesselmann, in an effort to reject Abstract Expressionism, made collages and assemblages that incorporated everyday objects and advertising ephemera. In the early 1980s, he produced his first “Metal Works,” in which he shaped canvases and cut metal to create abstract three-dimensional images. In his final years, Wesselmann returned to the female form in the “Sunset Nudes” series, where the compositions, abstract imagery, and sanguine moods recall the odalisques of Henri Matisse.