Exhibition - Tom Wesselmann : Steel Drawings And Prints

Arts and Entertainment

November 29, 2014

From: Carl Solway Gallery

Tom Wesselmann (1931–2004) is recognized as a leading figure in the Pop Art movement that came to prominence in the 1960s. Throughout his long career, he infused the classical subjects of the figure, the still life and the landscape with his own graphic line quality and vibrant sense of color.

Carl Solway Gallery features an intimate exhibition of laser-cut steel drawings of the nude figure and a small selection of figurative and still life prints. The steel drawings represent one of Wesselmann's best-known technical innovations. In 1983, Wesselmann sought a way to draw in steel. He envisioned the illusion of lifting the lines from his drawings and placing them directly on the wall. Once installed, the pieces appear to be drawn on the wall. His idea preceded the available technology for mechanically laser-cutting metal with the accuracy Wesselmann needed. He invested more than a year in the development of a system that could accomplish this. Wesselmann created a number of steel drawings in the 1980s and 1990s. Laser-cut paper and metal are materials now utilized by countless artists.

The graphic qualities of printmaking also appealed to Wesselmann and he created, etchings, lithographs and screenprints. In addition to paper, he printed on other materials including plastics.

Date: September 19 – December 20, 2014


Monday - Friday 9am to 5pm

Saturday 12pm to 5pm

Location - Carl Solway Gallery, 424 Findlay Street , Cincinnati, OH 45201

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