One of the major figures of American painting in the postwar era, John Wesley (b. 1928) has synthesized disparate tendencies in visual culture, and has become a prevailing influence on subsequent generations of artists working in all media. His work incorporates both the formal advances of minimalism and broad cultural reach of pop, and draws from a highly original, even idiosyncratic, vocabulary. Comics, erotic figuration, political themes, interiors and landscapes are rendered in a calibrated array of colors; and Wesley’s use of line, which animates the works on paper and paintings alike, bridges the gap between the intimacy of the hand and the hard edges of an industrial age.
Solo exhibitions of John Wesley’s work have been held at Fondazione Prada, Venice, Italy; Krefeld Kunstverein, Krefeld, Germany; the Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, MA; P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, NY; and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands, among many other institutions worldwide. A permanent installation of Wesley’s work is on view at the Chinati Foundation, Marfa, TX.
The first exhibition of Wesley’s work at David Kordansky Gallery will take place in the Spring of 2013.
John Wesley is represented in collaboration with Fredericks & Freiser Gallery, New York.