Christopher Wool

United States of America, 1955

Christopher Wool is best known for his text or word paintings of white canvases with black stenciled letters, and has continued to explore concepts of pattern and repetition in his work. Wool's images emcompasses post-conceptual ideas by leveraging a variety of media and processes including photography, silkscreen, reproduction, overpainting, and erasing. For the last 25 years, Wool has primarily included silkscreen prints to establish his stylistic foundation. These abstract drawings and paintings often combine human and machine-made marks to question the relationship between obscure figures, instinct, and fully formed theoretical ideas.

Born in Boston, in 1955, Wool’s first retrospective was held at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and traveled to the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh and Kunsthalle Basel in Switzerland. Wool received a critically acclaimed retrospective at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in 2013. Also in 2013, a retrospective of Wool's work was exhibited at The Guggenheim Museum in New York City, and traveled to the Art Institute of Chicago. His work has been featured in the permanent collections at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Tate Modern, London and the Centre Pompidou, Paris, amongst several others.
The artist lives and works in New York City and Marfa, Texas.

Image: Courtesy by Taschen