John Wilde (American, 1919-2006) Work Reconsidered: Love After Murder, Series III, 1989 oil on wood signed in ink verso 13 1/8" x 20 1/4"
Provenance: Perimeter Gallery, Inc., Chicago, Illinois (label verso) Schmidt-Bingham Gallery, New York, New York (label verso)
Exhibitions: Wildeworld: The Art of John Wilde, Elvehjem Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin–Madison, 13 November 1999 through 09 January 2000
Literature: Panczenko, Russell, and Theodore F. Wolff, Wildeworld: the Art of John Wilde, Hudson Hills Press, 1999
Wilde, John and Lisa Wainwright, Things of Nature and the Nature of Things: John Wilde in the McClain Collection, Chazen Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin–Madison, 2006, pl. 15
Catalog Note: John Wilde's Work Reconsidered: Love after Murder (1989) is a macabre journey through the artist's mind, bringing violence and sex together in a Wisconsin landscape of lustful destruction. Wearing a harlequin leotard, a man engages in foreplay with a woman who is pleasuring herself. Did he (or they?) dismember the body that lies in pieces among numerous potential implements of murder and mayhem? And what do the non-sequitur objects, which confuse and obfuscate, mean in the larger scheme of this surrealism? Sometimes in Wilde's work a murder scene is not literally a murder scene, but here it is nonetheless disturbing and thought-provoking.