"Hypocrite" Original Screenprint by Christopher Wool, 1989

Christopher Wool (United States, 20th Century)

"Hypocrite" Original Screenprint by Christopher Wool, 1989

List Price $5,000

An original screenprint on smooth wove paper by American artist Christopher Wool (1955-) titled "Hypocrite", 1989. An individual page from the 1989 bound volume 'Black Book' consisting of 17 text images. Limited edition: 350. (There were also 8 artist's proofs). Each volume was signed and numbered by Wool on the last page. Published by Gisela Capitain, Cologne, Germany and Thea Westreich, New York, NY. Provenance: from a New York, NY collection. Sheet size: 23" x 16". Sharp clean edges, in excellent condition.

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.

Wool is best known for his paintings of large, black, stenciled letters on white canvases. 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.

At 303 Gallery in 1988, Wool and fellow artist Robert Gober presented a collaborative exhibition and installation which included Wool's seminal text-based painting, Apocalypse Now (1988). The work features words from a famous line in Francis Ford Coppola's film Apocalypse Now, based on the Joseph Conrad novel Heart of Darkness. From the early 1990s through the present, the silkscreen has been a primary tool in Wool’s practice. In his abstract paintings Wool brings together figures and the disfigured, drawing and painting, spontaneous impulses and well thought-out ideas. He draws lines on the canvas with a spray gun and then, directly after, wipes them out again with a rag drenched in solvent to give a new picture in which clear lines have to stand their own against smeared surfaces.

UNFRAMED: HEIGHT: 23 in | WIDTH: 16 in

Origin United States
Category Screenprints
Period 20th Century
Style Contemporary

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