THE FIRST RETROSPECTIVE
IN NORTH AMERICA
Tom Wesselmann (1931-2004) was one of the greatest American artists associated with the Pop Art movement. Famous from the early 1960s for his Great American Nudes and Still Lifes, he is nonetheless the only one of his contemporaries associated with that seminal twentieth-century art movement who has not yet had a major exhibition in North America. Organized by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, this exhibition will be presented in a Canadian exclusive in Montreal, then at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, in the fall of 2013. It will show the evolution in the work of this artist, whose passion for style casts him as an heir to such great French masters as Ingres and Matisse. His interpretation of the history of art and the definition of genres led him, along with Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol, to invent a “Pop” aesthetic. Most people are aware of Tom Wesselmann's brilliant career as a painter. However, amongst many other things, he was also a devoted fan of country music and a prolific songwriter in that musical genre. Given the place that music now occupies at the Museum, some of Tom Wesselmann's musical works will also be showcased in the exhibition.