Inbox: Christopher Wool

January 7–February 16, 2015


Installation view of Inbox: Christopher Wool. Shown: Christopher Wool (American, born 1955). Portraits (red). 2014. Portfolio of six lithographs, composition (each): 19 × 14 1/2″ (48.2 × 36.8 cm); sheet (each): 27 × 22 1/2″ (68.6 × 57.2 cm). Publisher: Universal Limited Art Editions, Bay Shore, NY. Printer: Universal Limited Art Editions, Bay Shore, NY. Edition: 28. Acquired through the generosity of Mary M. and Sash A. Spencer. © 2015 Christopher Wool. Photo: John Wronn
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Since the early 1980s, Christopher Wool has investigated the relevance of painting in an age of mass reproduction. The monotypes on view, made just a few months ago, exemplify his method of transferring images, sometimes taken directly from his earlier work, through various techniques and in a range of scales. In these layered works, the underlying photogravures, printed either in red or in black, borrow the composition of a large screenprinted painting by the artist, itself derived from an earlier drawing he made of a photograph he took showing splashes of beer on a wall. The unique red and black impressions on top were obtained by inking corrugated cardboard and running it through a press, often multiple times. The resulting works skillfully combine two distinct and usually mutually incompatible modes of image making: the spontaneous, expressive gesture and the deliberate, mediated multiple.


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