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Christopher Wool

Christopher Wool

Born in 1955, in Chicago (Etats-Unis)

Lives and woks in New York (Etats-Unis)

At once reflexive and subjective, the paintings of Christopher Wool emerged in the mid-1980s at a time when the medium, declared obsolete, was undergoing disruption. Wool’s early work is inseparable from the context of urban New York, whose dark, underground vitality it captured. 

It combines the expressiveness of American Abstraction with the rigor of minimalism and the impact of pop art. Though in his early works Wool manually copied “found” elements (sentences written in stenciled typography, repeated and decorative motifs), he later produced large abstract compositions. Laid over complex layers and pentimentos, colors and lines animate compositions executed in monumental scale, but the chromatic range is limited to mainly black, white, and grey, while allowing for some highlights.

Bibliography

Corbett, John ; Kelsey, John ; Hergott, Fabrice, Bosser, Jacques ; Miller, Christopher. Christopher Wool : [Exposition, Paris, Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, 30 mars - 19 août 2012]. Berlin : Holzwarth, 2012. 978-3-935567-59-6

Brinson, Katherine ; Hudson, Suzanne ; Prince, Richard ; Rondeau, James. Christopher Wool : [exhibition,October 25, 2013-January 22, 2014, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York ; February 23-May 11, 2014, Art Institute of Chicago.]. New York : Guggenheim Museum, 2013. 978-0-89207-498-3

Brinson, Katherine ; Hudson, Suzanne ; Rondeau, James ; Prince , Richard. Christopher Wool :[exhibition, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, October 25, 2013 - January 22, 2014; The  Art Institute of Chicago, February 23 - May 11, 2014]. London : Thames and Hudson, 2014. 0-89207-498-1

Pontégnie, Anne. Christopher Wool : crosstown : [exhibition, Le Consortium, Dijon, 2 March - 4 May 2002 ; Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee, 6 April - 8 June 2003 = exposition, Le Consortium, Dijon, du 2 mars au 4 mai 2002 ; Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee, du 6 avril au 8 juin 2003]. Dijon : Les Presses du réel, 2002. 978-954-20-2619-8

Hergott, Fabrice ; Císcar Casabán, Consuelo ; Paz, Marga ; Rimanelli, David. Christopher Wool : [exposition, Valence], IVAM-Institut Valencià d'art modern, [6 avril-21 mai 2006, Strasbourg], Musées de Strasbourg-  [Musée d'art moderne et contemporain, 16 juin-24 septembre 2006]. Valencia ; Strasbourg : IVAM ; Musées de Strasbourg, 2006. 978-2-35125-034-1

 

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