TV Still Life
29 x 38 in. (73.7 x 96.5 cm)
(Cincinnati, OH, 1931 - 2004, New York, NY)
Medium and Support:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel G. Schuman
Location: Not currently on view
Knickerbocker Machine and Foundry, Inc.
Eleven Pop Artists, Volume III (1965)
From the portfolio "Eleven Pop Artists, Volume III"
Gallery label text 2013:
In the early 1960s, America’s reliance upon the television for entertainment was established, but with the launch of the Telstar I satellite in 1962 the TV also became a primary source for live, breaking news. Halfway through the decade nearly 90% of American households owned at least a black and white set.
TV Still Life may be Tom Wesselmann’s inquiry into what constitutes an appropriate subject for a modern still life. In evidence here is that most compelling quality of Pop art, the potential for conflicting interpretations: is this a celebration of popular culture or a critique?