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Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas. Photography by Dwight Primiano.
Title:

Smoker #9


Artist: Tom Wesselmann (1931 - 2004)
Date: 1973
Dimensions:
83 x 89 1/2 in. (210.8 x 227.3 cm)
Medium: Acrylic on linen
Credit Line: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas, 2008.14
Signed: verso, on stretcher: SMOKER #9 1973 WESSELMANN
On View
Accession Number: 2008.14
Provenance(Sidney Janis Gallery, New York, NY); Robert Abrams [b.1938], New York, NY, 1974; to The Abrams Family Collection; to (Christie's, New York, NY), May 13, 2008, sale no. 1997, lot 11; purchased by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR, 2008
Label TextSmoker #9 is a grand-scale shaped canvas. Wesselmann isolated his model’s sensual mouth, removing it from a social context and even from its body. The painting’s slick surface looks like a billboard advertisement. In the 1960s and ‘70s, advertising campaigns promoting smoking proliferated, as did the release of cigarette brands aimed at the female market. Smoker #9 features many of the hallmarks of Wesselmann’s works: the look of Hollywood glamor, the eroticized female body, and the fetishized act of smoking.
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