"Untitled" (The Show is Over...) Original Offset-Lithograph by Christopher Wool, 1993
An original offset-lithograph poster print on light wove paper by American artist Christopher Wool (1955-) in conjunction with American artist Felix Gonzalez-Torres (1957-1996) titled "Untitled (The Show is Over)", 1993. This collaborative artwork by Christopher Wool and Felix Gonzalez-Torres was originally created for an exhibition at Printed Matter, New York March 30th - April 21st, 1993. Printed in an unknown edition size as an installation piece in a stack of 8" ideal height and was available to the exhibition visitors to take. Gonzalez-Torres created stack sculptures as an attempt to create a more democratic form of art. They were displayed and freely available to the public, the stack growing shorter as copies were removed, reflecting themes of mortality and the sense of time passing that are omnipresent in Gonzalez-Torres' works. The artwork on the poster is Wool's 1990 108" x 72" untitled painting which is within the Dallas Museum of Art's permanent collection. The typography is taken from Russian writer and philosopher Vasili Rozanov’s definition of Nihilism. It reads: "The show is over, the audience get up to leave their seats, time to collect their coats and go home, they turn around, no more coats, no more home."
This poster has been subsequently reprinted and republished by the artists themselves and then The Felix Gonzalez-Torres Foundation for 11 consecutive exhibitions. These posters are often misrepresented as being prints from the original 1993 printing/edition. It is impossible to determine which printing is from which exhibition without documentation or provenance. Our example was acquired from Wool/Torres' 2015 exhibition "Stories We Tell Ourselves" at the Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, Colorado March 27th - October 25th, 2015, curated by Heidi Zuckerman and Courtenay Finn. Provenance: Ex private collection in Aspen, Colorado. Sheet size: 55.5" x 37". There is one small tear upper left corner which has been professionally repaired from behind. (Please see pictures). Besides this one minor unnoticeable repair, this poster is in pristine condition.
Stories We Tell Ourselves. Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO. 27 Mar. - 25 Oct. 2015. Cur. Heidi Zuckerman and
What Comes After a Sudden Death. Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Germany. 21 March. 2015 – ongoing. Cur.
Hendrik Bündge and Johan Holten. Catalogue.
Damage Control: Art and Destruction Since 1950. MUDAM Luxembourg. 12 Jul. - 12 Oct. 2014. Cur. Kerry
Brougher, Russell Ferguson.
The Show is Over. Gagosian Gallery, London. 12 Oct - 23 Nov. 2013. Cur. Mark Francis.
A Matter of Words. OSL Contemporary, Oslo, Norway. 26 Apr. - 9 Jun. 2012. Cur. Dag Erik Elgin.
Learn to Read Art: A History of Printed Matter, Künstlerpublikationen und Editionen (1976 – 2009) [Artists Books
and Editions (1976 – 2009)]. Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe, Germany. 3 July – 6 Sept. 2009. Cur. AA Bronson.
[Travels to: P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, 1 Oct. 2009 – 4 Jan. 2010.]
Communication Breakdown. Edlin Gallery, New York and Galerie Impaire, Paris. 13 Sept. – 25 Oct. 2008 and 24 Sept.
– 2 Nov. 2008. Cur. Blain VandenBerg and Phillip March Jones.
Protest and Survive. Whitechapel Art Gallery, London. 15 Sept. – 12 Nov. 2000. Cur. Matthew Higgs and Paul Noble.
Erster Umbau in der Galerie der Gegenwart [The First Reorganization of the Gallery of Contemporary Art]. Hamburger
Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany. 29 Nov. 1998 – 31 May 1999.
Gewalt/Geschäftse [Violence/Business]. Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst (NGBK), Berlin. 10 Dec. 1994 – 17 Feb.
1995. Cur. Frank Wagner. Catalogue.
Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Christopher Wool. Printed Matter, New York. 30 Mar. – 21 Apr. 1993.
Christopher Wool (born 1955, Boston) 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.
Felix Gonzalez-Torres (1957-1996) was a Cuban-born American gay visual artist. Gonzalez-Torres was known for his minimal installations and sculptures in which he used materials such as strings of lightbulbs, clocks, stacks of paper, or packaged hard candies.
UNFRAMED: HEIGHT: 55½ in | WIDTH: 37 in
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