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Tom Wesselmann

Blue

oil on cut-out aluminium
1996
180,3 x 193 x 15,3 cm / 71 x 76 x 6 in.
signed and dated lower right verso signed, dated, titled, numbered and inscribed unique piece

"Since 1993 I’ve basically been an abstract painter. This is what happened: in 1984 I started making steel and aluminum cut-out figures. First I painted them, and then hung transparent plastic panels on them and…got the colors and the positioning right. […] After finishing the work, I cut the panels in pieces and cast them aside. One day I got muddled up with the remnants and I was struck by the infinite variety of abstract possibilities. That was when I understood I was going back to what I had desperately been aiming for in 1959, and I started making abstract three-dimensional images in cut metal. I was happy and free to go back to what I wanted: but this time not on De Kooning’s terms but on mine". (interview with E. Giustacchini, Stile Arte, 2003, p. 29)

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