Featuring approximately 90 paintings, photographs, and works on paper, Christopher Wool explores developments across the American artist’s influential career, from his early uses of appropriated patterns and text to recent abstract works created through collage, erasure, and digital manipulation.
This survey fills the Frank Lloyd Wright rotunda and an adjacent gallery with a rich selection of largely monochrome paintings, works on paper, and photographs. With the exception of two galleries at the starting and ending points of the installation that intersperses works from different periods, the exhibition unfolds along loosely chronological lines, presenting an overview of pivotal developments in the artist’s career. A large-scale bronze sculpture by Wool, Untitled (2013), has been installed outside the museum on the occasion of the exhibition. The work represents Wool’s first representation of the medium since the mid-1980s.
Wool was born in 1955 and grew up in Chicago. By the early 1970s he had settled in New York City, where the anarchic, interdisciplinary energy of the punk and No Wave scenes were a defining influence on his creative development. In the subsequent decade, he set out to explore the possibilities of painting at a time when many considered the medium outmoded and irrelevant to avant-garde practice.
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