Christopher Wool

Biography of Christopher Wool

Christopher Wool (born 1955 in Boston, US) is a painter and graphic designer and generally considered as one of the most influential post-conceptional American artists. In the mid-1980s, Wool achieved global fame with his large-scale word paintings: white-grounded aluminium boards decorated with black word-fragments by utilizing the technique of spray paint and stencil. His work was subject of diverse solo exhibitions, for instance at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York or the Museum Ludwig in Cologne, just to name a few. In the 1990s, silkscreen became Wool's preferred technique whereby he reused imagery to produce multilayered creations that had been transformed through the artistic process. In his recently created series Gray Paintings – large-scale, abstract canvases – the American explores themes of creation and destruction. Wool currently lives and works in New York and Texas.

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