Untitled, Christopher Wool (2009). All images via Gagosian Gallery.
On view through July 30th at Gagosian Gallery in Rome is an exhibition of eight new paintings by New York artist Christopher Wool. In these new works, Wool continues to experiment with the fundamentals of abstract painting, while furthering his use of new tactics for application and negation. Adhering to a mostly black-and-white palette and an array of techniques including over-painting, silkscreen, spray paint, stenciling, rolling, dripping, dragging, reproduction and deletion, the past decade has seen Wool increasingly focus on the gestural and painterly qualities of his work.
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Wool’s ‘word paintings’, large stenciled black letters on white canvases, helped propel him to the forefront of the 1980’s New York art scene. These paintings included the slogans ‘Run Dog Run’ and ‘Sell the House, Sell the Car, Sell the Kids.’ While his newer work tends to take on a more formal quality, venturing into the area of abstract expressionism, Wool manages to transform the genre through his use of contemporary techniques, and the creation of new tensions between gestures of creation and cancellation. Over his career, Wool has shown work at museums worldwide, including solo exhibitions at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (1989), the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (1998), and Kunsthalle Basel (1998). He also has an upcoming show in October at Corbett vs. Dempsey in Chicago.