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Christopher Wool


Christopher Wool (born 1955) is an American artist. Since the 1980s, Wool's art has incorporated issues surrounding post-conceptual ideas. He lives and works in New York City and Marfa, Texas, together with his wife and fellow painter Charline von Heyl.


Wool was born in Chicago, Illinois to Glorye and Ira Wool, a molecular biologist and a psychiatrist.[2] He grew up in Chicago. In 1973, he moved to New York City and enrolled in Studio School studies with Jack Tworkov and Harry Krame. After a short period of formal training as a painter at the New York Studio School, he dropped out and immersed himself in the world of underground film and music. Between 1980 and 1984, he worked as part-time studio assistant to Joel Shapiro.

Wool is best known for his paintings of large, black, stenciled letters on white canvases.[6] Wool began to create word paintings in the late 1980s, reportedly after having seen graffiti on a brand new white truck. Using a system of alliteration, with the words often broken up by a grid system, or with the vowels removed (as in 'TRBL' or 'DRNK'), Wool's word paintings often demand reading aloud to make sense.

Christopher Wool, 2014 lithograph in colors on BFK Rives image: 19 h × 14½ w in (48 × 37 cm) sheet: 27 h × 22½ w in (69 × 57 cm) Signed, dated and numbered to lower edge ‘PP 2/4 Wool 2014’. This work is printer's proof 2 of 4 apart from the edition of 28 printed and published by Universal Limited Art Editions, New York.
Christopher Wool, Color screenprint on white wove paper, 2016. 800x700 mm; 31 1/2x27 1/2 inches (sheet), full margins. Edition of 495. Signed and dated in pencil, lower right.

Christopher Wool Seraphin Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

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