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As the long-awaited "Beyond Pop Art: A Tom Wesselmann Retrospective" opens at the Cincinnati Art Museum, there is much to discuss about this native son’s controversial career as one of the original Pop artists. But the first thing to say is, “Wow!”

That was my response upon seeing what may be the show’s signature work, “Still Life No. 60,” from 1973. I already knew this work was big — almost 30 feet long and 10 feet high — and somewhat epic in its painted depiction of objects likely to be found on a woman’s bedside table (lipstick, sunglasses, matches, nail polish, a ring and more).

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 The Denver Art Museum is currently hosting the exhibition “Beyond Pop Art: A Tom Wesselmann Retrospective.” Tom Wesselmann, an American painter whose career spanned more than four decades, is widely regarded as one of the defining figures of Pop Art. Organized chronologically, “Beyond Pop Art” charts the evolution of Wesselman’s influential oeuvre.

The exhibition begins with Wesselman’s early abstract collages and moves to his well-known series, “The Great American Nude.”

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