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WOOL, CHRISTOPHER. Black Book. 17 screen prints on wove paper. 587x407 mm; 23x16 inches, sheets. Folio, original black paper-covered boards, light wear; prints fine. (SA) Cologne: Gisela Capitain & New York: Thea Westreich, 1989
Christopher Wool made a name in the New York art scene in the early 1980s. His word paintings, which exemplify type as visual image, have become canonical. His early white canvases with black stenciled letters spelled 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.