John Wesley

Important Works from 1961 to 1966

May 7 – June 13, 2015

JOHN WESLEY

Notre Dame, 1962

Duco and oil on canvas

66 x 66 inches

JOHN WESLEY

Shield for Kicking Machine, 1962

Duco and oil on canvas

24 x 24 inches

JOHN WESLEY

Clipper, 1962

Duco and oil on canvas

60 x 68 inches

JOHN WESLEY

Radcliffe Tennis Team, 1963

Duco and oil on canvas

68 x 60 inches

JOHN WESLEY

The Aviator's Daughters, 1963

Duco and oil on canvas

57 x 48 inches

Collection of John Wesley Foundation

JOHN WESLEY

Alice, 1965

Duco and oil on canvas

54 x 54 inches

JOHN WESLEY

Camel, 1966

Duco and oil on canvas

40.5 x 46 inches

JOHN WESLEY

Suitcase, 1964-1965

Oil on canvas and metal on leather suitcase

14.5 x 18.5 x 6.5

(side 1)

JOHN WESLEY

Suitcase, 1964-1965

Oil on canvas and metal on leather suitcase

14.5 x 18.5 x 6.5

(side 2)

JOHN WESLEY

Table, 1965

Duco and oil on canvas on wood

28 x 42 x 42 inches

(side 1)

JOHN WESLEY

Table, 1965

Duco and oil on canvas on wood

28 x 42 x 42 inches

(detail 1)

JOHN WESLEY

Table, 1965

Duco and oil on canvas on wood

28 x 42 x 42 inches

(detail 2)

JOHN WESLEY

Table, 1965

Duco and oil on canvas on wood

28 x 42 x 42 inches

(detail 3)

JOHN WESLEY

Table, 1965

Duco and oil on canvas on wood

31 x 30 x 30 inches

(side 1)

JOHN WESLEY

Table, 1965

Duco and oil on canvas on wood

31 x 30 x 30 inches

(side 2)

JOHN WESLEY

Untitled, 1961

Ink on paper

17 x 16.5 inches

JOHN WESLEY

Alice, 1962

Ink on paper

23 x 37.5 inches
 

JOHN WESLEY

Untitled, 1964

Ink on paper

24 x 20 inches

JOHN WESLEY

Untitled, 1963

Ink on paper

24 x 20 inches

JOHN WESLEY

Untitled, 1963

Acrylic and ink on paper

24 x 20 inches

JOHN WESLEY
Caddy, 1966
Duco and oil on canvas
31 x 38 inches

 

Press Release

John Wesley

Important Works from 1961 to 1966

May 7 through June 13, 2015

 

Fredericks & Freiser is proud to announce John Wesley Important Works from 1961 to 1966. The exhibition will include paintings, drawings, and objects, many of which have not been exhibited in New York since the 1960s.

 

This exhibition examines Wesley's progression from his early heraldic paintings to cartoon figuration charged with memory and emotion. Wesley's first works are deadpan depictions of stamps, badges, shields, and emblems that imbue the mundane with personal and political meaning. Though formally linked to minimalism due to the essentiality and compositional rigor of Wesley's production, these paintings were celebrated by everyone from Donald Judd to Lucy Lippard as an important addition to Pop Art. However, Wesley’s direction was towards a more idiosyncratic narrative structure. Unlike his initial works in which popular iconography, particularly symbols of Americana, are used to critique a country that adorns itself with the quotidian, Wesley’s more narrative work appropriates traditional Pop subject matter such as Sunday comics and pin-up erotica. As seen together, the works collected for this exhibition underscore Wesley’s preeminence as a visionary artist whose often hermetic paintings strike at the psychological core of our most primal fears, joys, and desires. 

 

About the Artist

John Wesley has been the subject of numerous museum retrospectives including the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, curated by Rudi Fuchs and Kasper Koenig (travelled to Portikus); DAAD, Berlin; PS1 MoMA, Long Island City, curated by Alana Heiss; Sert Gallery at the Fogg Museum, Cambridge, MA, curated by Linda Norden; Kunstmuseen Krefeld/Museum Haus Lange, Krefeld, Germany, curated by Martin Henschel; Chinati Foundation, Marfa, TX, curated by Marianne Stockebrand; and an enormous exhibition curated by Germano Celant for the Fondazione Prada at the 2009 Venice Biennale. He has a permanent installation of paintings in the Chinati Foundation, Marfa, TX.  He has been exhibited and collected in numerous museums including The Menil Collection, Houston; MoCA, Los Angeles; MoMA, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art; Tate, Liverpool; Carnegie Museum of Art; and the Hirschorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.  In 2014, Wesley was commissioned by High Line Art to create a public project for the High Line. This will be his eleventh solo show at Fredericks & Freiser.

 

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