Journey to Wesleyworld with our digital catalogue accompanying an exhibition of more than 30 artworks by John Wesley, presented at Pace Gallery in New York.

I'll Dream You in My Sees by John Wesley
Bikini by John Wesley

When it comes to feeling, whether erotic or aesthetic, Wesley knew—or felt—that rationality no longer matters.

—Richard Shiff, critic and art historian

John Wesley

WesleyWorld: Works on Paper and Objects 1961–2004

Wesley, who died in 2022 at age 93, maintained a remarkably consistent approach to image-making throughout his career. Marked by eroticism, wry humor, and often a slight sense of unease, Wesley’s work defies easy classification within any single artistic movement.
Featuring a commissioned essay by art historian Richard Shiff, the digital catalogue, available to read above, includes photography of each work on paper and painted object in the gallery’s show—its first-ever presentation dedicated to Wesley. A selection of detail images in the catalogue shed light on the artist’s experimentations with repeating, layering, and mirroring images in his flattened, idiosyncratic figurations. The digital book also examines the various cultural subjects and ideas that entered his visual lexicon over the course of five decades.
Ties by John Wesley - Book Layout

His art nearly always seduces its viewer, even a cautious one, into imagining more than can be modestly and logically concluded.

—Richard Shiff

  • Pace Publishing — WesleyWorld: Works on Paper and Objects 1961-2004, Feb 24, 2024