Christopher Wool Untitled 2007

  • MoMA, Floor 2, 214

Wool’s early foray into painting was inspired by the sight of graffiti covering a delivery truck, and the visual vernacular of the city street continues to inform his work. In Untitled, running drips of sprayed paint recall the casual, hurried application of graffiti. Black lines are obscured by thin washes of gray paint wiped over them, suggesting some illegible language. Layers of accumulation and erasure evoke the archaeology of city walls with their residual traces of appearance and disappearance, in a monument not to order but to uncertainty and randomness.

Gallery label from 2019
Medium
Enamel on linen
Dimensions
9 x 9' (274.3 x 274.3 cm)
Credit
Nina and Gordon Bunshaft Bequest Fund
Object number
89.2010
Department
Painting and Sculpture

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