Great American Nude #4


Tom Wesselmann, American, b. Cincinnati, Ohio, 1931–2004

Oil, enamel, charcoal, and pencil with collage of photomechanical reproductions, cotton, plastic, and paper on wood, 48 × 48 1/8 in. (121.9 × 122.1 cm)

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966

Accession Number: 66.5524

Green Gallery, New York, to 21 March 1962
Joseph H. Hirshhorn, New York, 21 March 1962-17 May 1966
Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966

Exhibition History:
FINCH COLLEGE MUSEUM OF ART, New York. "American Figure Painting: 1957-1962," Spring 1962.
MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, New York. "Recent Painting USA: The Figure," 23 May-4 September 1962, cat. (not pictured). Tour: COLUMBUS GALLERY OF FINE ARTS, Ohio, 1-29 November; COLORADO SPRINGS FINE ARTS CENTER, 30 January-27 February 1963; BALTIMORE MUSEUM OF ART, 15 March-26 April; CITY ART MUSEUM OF ST. LOUIS, 13 May-10 June; SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF ART, 18 August-15 September; WALKER ART CENTER, Minneapolis, 1 October-12 November.
MONTREAL MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS. "Beyond Pop Art; A Tom Wesselmann Retrospective," 19 May-7 October 2012, cat. Tour: VIRGINIA MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, Richmond, 6 Apri 2013l-28 July; DENVER ART MUSEUM, 13 July 2014-14 September; CINCINNATI ART MUSEUM, 31 October-18 January 2015.

Published References:
STEALINGWORTH, SLIM. Tom Wesselmann (New York: Abbeville Press, 1980).
MCCARTHY, DAVID. "Tom Wesselmann and the Americanization of the Nude, 1961-1963," Smithsonian Studies in American Art 4, no. 3/4 (Summer-Autumn, 1990), color detail, p. 104; fig. 7 (color), p. 112.
KAMMEN, MICHAEL. Mystic Chords of Memory: The Transformation of Tradition in American Culture (New York: Knopf, 1991), ill. p. 650.
MCCARTHY, DAVID. The Nude in American Painting, 1950-1980 (Cambridge University Press, 1998), color ill. on cover.
SCHWARTZ, BARRY. “Collective Memory and Abortive Commemoration: Presidents' Day and the American Holiday Calendar,” Social Research 75, no. 1 (Spring 2008) , fig. 5, p. 96.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection, Pop Art (American)