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JOHN WESLEY | BROWN WOMAN IN HALF SLIP

Guaranteed Property

Estimate:

30,000

to
- 50,000 USD

JOHN WESLEY | BROWN WOMAN IN HALF SLIP

JOHN WESLEY | BROWN WOMAN IN HALF SLIP

Estimate:

30,000

to
- 50,000 USD

Lot sold:

112,500

USD

The History of Now: The Collection of David Teiger Sold to Benefit Teiger Foundation for the Support of Contemporary Art


JOHN WESLEY

b.1928

BROWN WOMAN IN HALF SLIP


signed, titled and dated 1995 on the reverse

acrylic on canvas

62 by 47 in. (157.5 by 119.4 cm.)

This work is in very good condition overall. There is minor wear to the edges, visible upon close inspection. Under ultraviolet light, there is no evidence of restoration. Unframed.


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New York, MoMA PS1, John Wesley: Paintings 1961-2000, September 2000 - January 2001, pp. 120-121, illustrated in color

Venice, Fondazione Prada, John Wesley, June - October 2009, pp. XLI and 376, illustrated in color

John Wesley is recognized for his large-format depictions of bodies and cartoon characters, rendered with a signature flatness and limited color range. His work does not define easy categorization: while containing many of the emblems of Pop art, his style is akin to Minimalism. Indeed, his closest personal associations were with artists such as Dan Flavin and Donald Judd. Judd would later pen a laudatory essay on Wesley’s work and set aside a space for him at his complex in Marfa, Texas. Wesley himself considers his work to be aligned with Surrealism.


The present work displays a close-up of female nude, with her undergarments and his signature blue accenting the work at opposing ends of the canvas. Wesley has had career retrospectives at MoMA PS1, New York in 2000 and at the Fondazione Prada, Venice in 2009.