Tom WesselmannSeascape Dropout 1982

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Tom Wesselmann (born 1931)
Seascape Dropout
Date 1982
MediumWoodcut on paper
Dimensionsimage: 556 x 635 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1982
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Catalogue entry

P07760 Seascape Dropout 1982

Woodcut 21 7/8 × 25 (556 × 635), printed by Michael Berden, Boston and published by Multiples Inc., New York
Inscribed ‘Wesselman '82’ bottom centre and ‘4/50’; impressed with the publisher's stamp
Purchased from Waddington Graphics (Grant-in-Aid) 1982

‘Seascape Dropout’ relates to the series of paintings called ‘Drop Outs’ which Wesselman began in 1967. Writing under the pseudonym of Slim Stealingworth, Wesselman describes these works in Tom Wesselman, New York, 1980, as follows:

... the central image, a breast, was omitted from the shaped canvas, while the nipple and areola were retained ... These Seascapes are negative shapes. The shape is the shape one sees, for example, while lying alongside a woman who is seated on the beach. One can look up and see the opening formed by her breast, rib cage, and stomach on one side; by her descending arm on the other side; and by her thigh on the bottom. As can happen on a bright beach, the flesh drops away in this moment of awareness of the glimpse into the sunlit background, although the nipple stays a part of the scene because of its color, form, and importance as a focus (pp.52–6)… (read more)

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