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Christopher Wool

Pattern Paintings, 1987 - 2000

November 9, 2007 - January 19, 2008

Upper East Side

Christopher Wool, <i>Untitled</i>, 1987
alkyd on paper
40 x 26.25 inches (101.6 x 66.7 cm)
Christopher Wool, Untitled, 1987
alkyd on paper
40 x 26.25 inches (101.6 x 66.7 cm)
Christopher Wool, <i>Untitled</i>, 1995
enamel on aluminum
84 x 60 inches (213.4 x 152.4 cm)
Christopher Wool, Untitled, 1995
enamel on aluminum
84 x 60 inches (213.4 x 152.4 cm)
Christopher Wool, <i>Untitled</i>, 1988
alkyd and flashe on aluminum
72 x 48 inches (182.9 x 121.9 cm)
Christopher Wool, Untitled, 1988
alkyd and flashe on aluminum
72 x 48 inches (182.9 x 121.9 cm)
Christopher Wool, <i>(Not so) Loose Booty</i>, 1995
enamel on aluminum
78 x 60 inches (198.1 x 152.4 cm)
Christopher Wool, (Not so) Loose Booty, 1995
enamel on aluminum
78 x 60 inches (198.1 x 152.4 cm)
Christopher Wool, <i>Untitled</i>, 1987
alkyd and flashe on aluminum and steel
72 x 48 inches (182.9 x 121.9 cm)
Christopher Wool, Untitled, 1987
alkyd and flashe on aluminum and steel
72 x 48 inches (182.9 x 121.9 cm)
Christopher Wool, <i>Groovin At Smalls Paradise, Vol. II</i>, 1999
silkscreen ink on linen
108 x 72 inches (274.3 x 182.9 cm)
Christopher Wool, Groovin At Smalls Paradise, Vol. II, 1999
silkscreen ink on linen
108 x 72 inches (274.3 x 182.9 cm)
Christopher Wool, <i>Untitled</i>, 1997
enamel on aluminum
90 x 60 inches (228.6 x 152.4 cm)
Christopher Wool, Untitled, 1997
enamel on aluminum
90 x 60 inches (228.6 x 152.4 cm)
Christopher Wool, <i>Untitled</i>, 1995
enamel on aluminum
108 x 72 inches (274.3 x 182.9 cm)
Christopher Wool, Untitled, 1995
enamel on aluminum
108 x 72 inches (274.3 x 182.9 cm)
Christopher Wool, <i>Untitled</i>, 2000
silkscreen ink on linen
108 x 72 inches (274.3 x 182.9 cm)
Christopher Wool, Untitled, 2000
silkscreen ink on linen
108 x 72 inches (274.3 x 182.9 cm)
Christopher Wool, <i>Untitled</i>, 1991
alkyd on aluminum
90 x 60 inches (228.6 x 152.4 cm)
Christopher Wool, Untitled, 1991
alkyd on aluminum
90 x 60 inches (228.6 x 152.4 cm)
Christopher Wool, <i>Groove 2</i>, 1994
enamel on aluminum
108 x 72 inches (274.3 x 182.9 cm)
Christopher Wool, Groove 2, 1994
enamel on aluminum
108 x 72 inches (274.3 x 182.9 cm)
Christopher Wool, <i>Untitled</i>, 1998
silkscreen in on linen
108 x 72 inches (274.3 x 182.9 cm)
Christopher Wool, Untitled, 1998
silkscreen in on linen
108 x 72 inches (274.3 x 182.9 cm)
Christopher Wool, <i>Untitled</i>, 1997
enamel on aluminum
96 x 72 inches (243.8 x 182.9 cm)
Christopher Wool, Untitled, 1997
enamel on aluminum
96 x 72 inches (243.8 x 182.9 cm)
Christopher Wool, <i>Kill all lies</i>, 1998
enamel on aluminum
96 x 72 inches (243.8 x 182.9 cm)
Christopher Wool, Kill all lies, 1998
enamel on aluminum
96 x 72 inches (243.8 x 182.9 cm)
Christopher Wool, <i>The Night of the Cookers, Vol. III</i>, 1999
enamel on linen
108 x 72 inches (274.3 x 182.9 cm)
Christopher Wool, The Night of the Cookers, Vol. III, 1999
enamel on linen
108 x 72 inches (274.3 x 182.9 cm)

Press Release

Skarstedt Gallery is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition, Pattern Paintings 1987 – 2000 by Christopher Wool. This exhibition, comprised of paintings on aluminum and canvas as well as works on paper, demonstrates both the historical and self-reflective trajectory of Wool’s artistic painting process throughout the years. He applies paint with a range of techniques: rubber pattern rollers, stencils, silk–screen and spray paint. There is often an element of the pattern that is imperfect, which is in later works further distorted with bold blank strokes of solid color (or white). This formula of picture making calls attention to the surface of the painting, specifically the movement depicted as well as the existence of flatness.

In an article written by Madeleine Grynsztejn she states, “Conceptually, Wool’s deliberate revisions and reroutings suggest open-ended proposals, perpetually incomplete, provisional, and subject to further elaboration.” Like his contemporaries, namely Richard Prince and Albert Oehlen, Wool is an appropriator of his own work and ultimately employs an artistic hand without ever having to touch his canvas with a brush. By never conforming to the Aristotelian concept of a “painting,” his works parallel society by ceaselessly shifting in meaning.

Christopher Wool was born in 1955 and lives and works in New York City. He was granted a full retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles in 1998 which traveled to the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA and Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland and more recently was honored with a retrospective at the Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain, Strasbourg in 2006.

A fully illustrated catalogue will be produced in conjunction with this exhibition.

This exhibition is produced in collaboration with Luhring Augustine.


For further information, please contact +1 212 737 2060 or info@skarstedt.com