Christopher Wool, ‘Maybe Maybe Not’, 2001, Swiss Institute Benefit Auction 2015

Christopher Wool’s editioned book, Maybe Maybe Not, is an extended study of this renowned artist’s own sustained practice of layering media in monochrome to transform the image. Wool painted abstractions over photocopies of Polaroids of his own paintings, creating space to re-imagine past work through a series of prototypes. Wool is represented by Gagosian Gallery, and has exhibited at some of the world’s top institutions. He was the subject of an acclaimed 2013 retrospective at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.

32 pages

Signature: Signed and numbered

Image rights: Courtesy of Cristina Bechtler, Ink Tree Editions

About Christopher Wool

Making a name in the New York art scene in the early 1980s, Christopher Wool is best known for his word paintings, white canvases with black stenciled letters spelling out text like "Sell the house, sell the car, sell the kids" (in his 1998 work Apocalypse Now). In his early paintings, Wool used commercial rollers to apply decorative effects on canvas, and he has continued to explore pattern in his art. Incorporating media and techniques including photography, silkscreen, reproduction, overpainting, and erasing, Wool's work often combines human and machine marks, as in his paintings in which he smudges black lines drawn with a spray gun into gray fields.

American, b. 1955, Chicago, Illinois, based in New York, New York