• Post-War and Contemporary Art  auction at Christies

    Sale 1107

    Post-War and Contemporary Art (Day Auction)

    14 February 2013, London, King Street

  • Lot 108

    Christopher Wool (b. 1955)

    Untitled (R18)

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    Christopher Wool (b. 1955)
    Untitled (R18)
    embossed with the artist's signature 'WOOL' (lower right)
    alkyd on paper
    74 3/8 x 37¾in. (188.9 x 95.9cm.)
    Executed in 1990


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    At a time when Neo-Expressionism was espousing the romantic and expressive qualities of painting, Christopher Wool was exploring a multiplicity of techniques, including those of printmaking, to test the conceptual and visual limitations of painting. The magnified images that dominate Untitled are characteristic of Wool's ability to vacillate between decoration and abstraction, utility and aesthetic tradition. This work provides the viewer with both abstract and figurative qualities, and recalls the stenciled figures tagged around the urban environment of Post-punk New York that nourished aspects of Wool's distinct aesthetic. Each symbol can be read as multiple characters, or different manifestations of one. The result is an effortless marriage of the coolness of Pop art with the deceptive simplicity of Abstract Expressionism

    Provenance

    Luhring Augustine Gallery, New York.
    Acquired from the above by the present owner in 1991.


    Pre-Lot Text

    IMAGINATION BECOMES REALITY
    A SELECTION OF WORKS FROM THE GOETZ COLLECTION SOLD TO BENEFIT CHARITY PROJECTS


    Exhibited

    New York, Luhring Augustine Gallery, Christopher Wool: Works on Paper, 1991 (illustrated, unpaged).
    Munich, Sammlung Goetz, New York Painters, 1993-1994 (illustrated, p. 60).