Painting: The Great American Nude

Manhattan Pop Artist Tom Wesselmann, 37, is an artist who believes that the female nude is a subject to which an artist can devote his full attention. To prove his thesis, Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art has put on view 23 ot Wesselmann's pictures dedicated to 'the Great American Nude." Accompanying them are five of the pristine assemblages of kitchen and/or bathroom objects that Wesselmann creates to evoke the "typical American home" in which the G.A.N. is presumably found.

Wesselmann is nothing if not thorough, and the show's inventory includes: 36 painted toenails, 13 breasts, eleven legs and eight pairs...

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