Christopher Wool, ‘Untitled’, Christie's

Christopher Wool (b. 1955)


signed, titled and dated ‘WOOL 1990 UNTITLED’ (on the reverse)

alkyd and acrylic on aluminum

96 x 64 in. (243.8 x 162.6 cm.)

Painted in 1990.

Signature: signed, titled and dated ‘WOOL 1990 UNTITLED’ (on the reverse)

Cats in Bag Bags in River, exh. cat., Rotterdam, Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, 1991, n.p. (illustrated).

Christopher Wool, exh. cat., Los Angeles, The Museum of Contemporary Art, 1998, pp. 161, 181 and 246-247 (illustrated in color).

Christopher Wool, exh. cat., New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 2013, pp. 78-79 and 269 (installation view illustrated).

Luhring Augustine Gallery, New York

Boston Children’s Heart Foundation, Children’s Hospital, Boston, 1990

Their sale; Sotheby’s, New York, 6 May 1997, lot 61

Private collection, Europe

Anon. sale; Sotheby’s, New York, 17 November 1999, lot 7

Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

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