Lot 21
  • 21

Christopher Wool

500,000 - 700,000 EUR
609,000 EUR
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  • Christopher Wool
  • Flow state
  • signed and dated 86 on the reverse
  • enamel on aluminium


Luhring, Augustine & Hodes, New York
Sale: Christie's New York, Contemporary, 17 November 2000, lot 493
Private collection, Pennsylvania
Callamari Fine Art Inc., New York
Acquired from the above by the current owner in 2009

Catalogue Note

Graffitied spray paint on paint wall. Image: © Ints Vikmanis / Alamy Stock Photo

"One could superficially interpret Wool's paintings as parodies of Pollock's seriousness, as a cynical re-enactment of action painting utilizing an impoverished bag of tricks hijacked from vandalism. But then one would be missing the point. No, Wool embraces and engages action painting as his primary source and he then manipulates it, with the cool reflection of a Pop artist or Dada collagist, creating art that is both intense and reflective, physical and mechanical, unconscious and considered, refined in technique and redolent of street vernacular, both high and low. But despite the many apparent contradictions, the work is singular, strong, organic and as deep as it might appear shallow."
Glenn O'Brien, “Apocalypse and Wallpaper” in H. W. Holzwarth (ed.), Christopher Wool, Kln, 2012, p. 9