On Christopher Wool & Going With It

by Christopher Wool Untitled, 2000 Enamel on aluminum 108 X 72 inches (274.32 X 182.88 cm) | Luhring Augustine


Some days, things happen…they smack you right in the face, as if the universe is answering your questions for you.  It’s the writing on the wall.

Amongst other occurrences over the past few days, today, I was thumbing through a recent issue of The New Yorker, and stopped when I came to an image of a painting by American artist, Christopher Wool, then read about his retrospective by Peter Schjeldahl.  The title of the article, “Writing on the Wall,”  is one that I just saw last week on J.Crew’s blog, and a title I’ve used myself on this blog.  It, naturally, grabbed my attention — twice in one week, I thought?  The featured work, that caught my eye, is a bunch of bold-face stencilled words and phrases that are graphic, in form and content.  The art resonates with me — it’s bold, clean, and in-your-face.  No punctuation, no spacing, and sometimes no vowels.  The painter, Christopher Wool, is currently on exhibit at one of my favorite museums, the Guggenheim, through January 22, 2014.

The meaning behind all of this?  Who knows?  I thought it was interesting that I just blogged about words and sayings.  As an Art History major, I spent many days and hours, sitting in the galleries at the MFA, and it’s been a long while since I’ve visited the Guggenheim.  For sure, for me, it means New York is calling my name.  I’ve got to go, and check it out.  Look no harder, right?

Something you should check out?  On auction at Christie’s New York on November 12th, Christopher Wool’s “Apocalypse Now” (1988) is estimated to sell for $15 – 20 million…and some of his other non-wordy work, here.

image: Courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine, New York

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