Accompanying a retrospective at P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center in New York, this monograph documents the work of painter John Wesley, covering his entire career from 1961 until 2000. Wesley is known for his consistency of palette--baby blues and cotton pinks--his use of painted "frames" within his pictures, his early emblem paintings, his cartoon Bumstead works--and ultimately for his representations of an inner erotic voyage where the viewer is both voyager and voyeur. Initially considered in alignment with pop artists of the early 60s, Wesley consistently produced works of such a subtle and subversive nature as to put him in a category of his own. He used the early tools of advertising production--like tracing paper and stock photography--and was the subject of a wide range of influences, from Surrealism to Art Nouveau, from ancient Greek poetry to Matisse. The result is an oeuvre that has challenged and rewarded viewers for forty years. His influence is clear in the work of contemporary pop artists like Fucci and Parra. This rare book is a former library copy in good condition.
L 12”. W 9.5”.
MoMA PS1, 2000. Softcover, 199 pages.