Installation view of the exhibition John Wesley: A Collection, at Zwirner and Wirth in New York, dated 2006.

John Wesley

A Collection

Zwirner & Wirth will present a uniquely focused selection of works from the 1960s to the 1980s by the influential American painter John Wesley. This group of work comes from one of the largest private collections of paintings by the artist.

Using a distinctive comic book style, Wesley has made consistent use of a limited color palette and a carefully refined, stylized graphic vocabulary. The artist implements a deliberately flat spatial quality in his canvases; about his work, he has stated, "My paintings are as flat as I can make them. They're not supposed to look like paintings. They're supposed to look more like banners, or posters, or something." Though often associated with the pop artists of his generation, Wesley's canvases complicate their co-optation of commercial iconography by presenting narrative scenes that address the realm of the imagination and the strangeness of everyday life. By combining traditional emblems, historical figures, nudes, comic book characters, and animals, Wesley presents a broad range of references in canvases that take up the theme of the human psyche.  His paintings distinctively meld together elements of pop, minimalism, and surrealism, which may explain why artists ranging from Donald Judd to several of today's contemporary painters have been profoundly attracted to his work.

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Dates
May 5June 23, 2006
Artist
John Wesley

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