May 20, 2021 - Sale 2569

Sale 2569 - Lot 76

Price Realized: $ 93,750
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 80,000 - $ 120,000
7 Maidens.

Duco and oil on canvas, 1963. 1016x1829 mm; 40x72 inches. Signed, John Wesley, dated, 1963, and inscribed as titled, verso.

Provenance: Robert Elkon Gallery, New York; Private collection, Great Neck, New York; Thence by descent to the current owner.

Exhibited: Robert Elkon Gallery, NY, John Wesley, January 7 - February 2, 1964.

Published: Celant, Germano, Fondazione Prada, John Wesley, 2009. illustrated in color, p.44.

Included in this lot is the exhibition poster for the 1964 Robert Elkon Gallery, John Wesley, exhibition.

Born in Los Angeles, California, John Wesley moved to New York in 1960 as the Pop Art scene and happenings were being played out in real time in the Tenth Street galleries. His earliest works of Emblem Paintings brought him recognition. He would evolve his pop dialogue using cartoon characters, Blondie and Dagwood, and erotic imagery against a field of blue.