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TV Still Life

1965
29 x 38 in. (73.7 x 96.5 cm)

Tom Wesselmann
American (Cincinnati, OH, 1931 - 2004, New York, NY)

Object Type: Print
Medium and Support: Serigraph
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel G. Schuman
Accession Number: 1976.137
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Location: Not currently on view

Edition: 141/200

Hors Commerce: 50
Printer: Knickerbocker Machine and Foundry, Inc.
Publisher: Original Editions
Portfolio: 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?

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