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We are continuing our mini series on art catalogs with some images of a catalog and survey of the work by artist Tom Wesselmann (1931-2004) produced between 1959-1995 on the occasion of an exhibition held at the Fred Hoffman Fine Gallery in Santa Monica, California in 1996.

The spiral bound catalog with it’s carton cover contains a cut out and has 35 numbered pages including some fold outs and is presented in a square format. The catalog has an essay by critic Sam Hunter.

Tom Wesselmann was a painter, print maker, sculptor and very much part of the American Pop Art Movement of the 60’s and early 70’s even though he personally disliked being “characterized” like this.

Some of these images, in this very nicely printed catalog, are very familiar images. They express, in my opinion, some of the very best art of that period. All and all, one of my favorite catalogs and a superb printing job! Tom Wesselmann’s art brings the familiar object home to us in a similar way Andy Warhol did. Much less a publicity seeking artist than Warhol, he experimented with various materials to paint on. He used cut out aluminum panels to paint on and made collages with mixed media. He became well known for making plastic multiples and other work on plexiglass using real twentieth century materials.

His work invites comparisons with the hard edge abstraction work done by other painters in New York. One of his very early promoters was the Sidney Janis Gallery in New York showing his work over 3 decades in numerous exhibitions. In Paris he was shown at the iconic Ileana Sonnabend Gallery. His works can be found in most important museums collections worldwide. The Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston held a very important retrospective exhibition of his work in edition form in 1977, showing his graphic work with embossed paper done from about 1964 to 1977 which even today is a lesser well known aspect of his oeuvre.

private6 009private6 010The iconic catalog was designed by the graphic design company: For Design.

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