Christopher Wool, American (1955 - )

Christopher Wool

Christopher Wool was born in Chicago, in 1955. Wool now lives and works in New York.

Wool is best known for his paintings of large, black, stenciled letters on white canvases. However, Wool possesses a wide range of style – using a combined array of painterly techniques, including spray paint, silkscreen, and hand painting. Wool provides tension between painting and erasing, gesture and removal, depth and flatness.

Christopher Wool's work has been shown extensively around the world including venues like the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. His 2006 solo exhibition at Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills was his first with Gagosian.

One-Person Exhibitions

  • 1984
    Cable Gallery, New York
  • 1986
    Cable Gallery, New York
  • 1986
    Robbin Lockett Gallery, Chicago
  • 1987
    Luhring, Augustine and Hodes Gallery, New York
  • 1988
    Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne
  • 1988
    Jean Bernier, Athens
  • 1988
    Luhring, Augustine and Hodes Gallery, New York
  • 1989
    "New Work : Christopher Wool ," San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (catalogue)
  • 1989
    "Monotypes," Edition Julie Sylvester, New York
  • 1989
    Galerie Max Hetzler, Cologne
  • 1990
    "Works on Paper," Luhring Augustine, New York (catalogue)
  • 1990
    Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles
  • 1990
    Galerie Christian Stein, Torino
  • 1991
    Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, Rotterdam; traveled to Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland and Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne (catalogue)
  • 1991
    Luhring Augustine, New York
  • 1992
    Eli Broad Family Foundation, Los Angeles
  • 1992
    Galerie Peter Pakesch, Vienna
  • 1992
    Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne
  • 1992
    Luhring Augustine, New York
  • 1993
    Galerie Max Hetzler, Cologne
  • 1994
    Bruno Brunnet Fine Arts, Berlin
  • 1995
    Luhring Augustine, New York
  • 1995
    Galerie Samia Saouma, Paris
  • 1996
    Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne
  • 1997
    Portofolio Kunst AG, Vienna
  • 1997
    Eleni Koroneou, Athens
  • 1997
    Luhring Augustine, New York
  • 1997
    Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo
  • 1998
    Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; traveled to Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; Kunsthalle Basel, Basel (catalogue)
  • 1998
    Ophiuchus Collection, The Hydra Workshop, Greece (catalogue)
  • 1998
    Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin
  • 1999
    Centre d'Art Contemporain Geneve, Geneva
  • 2000
    "Black Book Drawings 1989," Skarstedt Fine Art, New York
  • 2000
    Eleni Koroneou Gallery, Athens
  • 2001
    Secession, Vienna (catalogue)
  • 2001
    Luhring Augustine, New York
  • 2001
    "9th Street Run Down," 11 Duke Street, London
  • 2001
    "9th Street Run Down," Galerie Micheline Szwajcer, Antwerp
  • 2002
    "Crosstown Crosstown," Le consortium, Dijon; traveled to Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee, Scotland (catalogue)
  • 2002
    Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin
  • 2003
    Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne
  • 2004
    Camden Arts Centre, London (catalogue)
  • 2004
    Galerie Micheline Szwajcer, Antwerp
  • 2004
    Luhring Augustine, New York (catalogue)
  • 2004
    Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo
  • 2005
    Gio Marconi, Milan
  • 2005
    Christian Stein, Milan
  • 2006
    ETH (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology), Zurich
  • 2006
    Gagosian Gallery, Los Angeles (catalogue)
  • 2006
    Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno, Valencia; traveling to Musee d'Art Moderne et Contemporain, Strasbourg (catalogue)
  • 2006
    Simon Lee Gallery, London (catalogue)
  • 2007
    "Pattern Paintings, 1987-2000," Skarstedt Gallery, New York (catalogue)
  • 2007
    Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin (catalogue)
  • 2007
    Eleni Koroneou Gallery, Athens

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 1988
    "Robert Gober and Christopher Wool: A Project," 303 Gallery, New York (artists' book)
  • 1988
    "The Bi-national: American Art of the Late 80s," Institute for Contemporary Art and The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Städtische Kunsthalle, Düsseldorf Bremen; Minneapolis Institute of Arts (catalogue)
  • 1989
    "Horn of Plenty," Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (catalogue)
  • 1989
    "Georg Herold, Albert Oehlen, Christopher Wool," The Renaissance Society at The University of Chicago (catalogue)
  • 1989
    "Whitney Biennial," Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (catalogue)
  • 1989
    "Gober, Halley, Kessler, Wool: Four Artists From New York," Kunstverein München (catalogue)
  • 1991
    "Metropolis," Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin
  • 1991
    "Strange Abstraction," The Touko Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (catalogue)
  • 1991
    "Carnegie International 1991," Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh (catalogue)
  • 1992
    "Allegories of Modernism: Contemporary Drawing," The Museum of Modern Art, New York (catalogue)
  • 1992
    Documenta IX, Kassel (catalogue)
  • 1994
    "Herbert Brandl, Albert Oehlen, Christopher Wool," National Gallery, Prague (catalogue)
  • 1997
    "Birth of the Cool: American Painting From Georgia O'Keeffe to Christopher Wool," Kunsthaus Zurich (catalogue)
  • 1997
    "On the Edge: Contemporary Art from the Werner and Elaine Dannheisser Collection," The Museum of Modern Art, New York (catalogue)
  • 1999
    "The American Century: Art and Culture 1950-2000," Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (catalogue)
  • 1999
    "The Passion and the Waves," 6th International Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul (catalogue)
  • 2000
    "Mixing Memory and Desire," New Museum of Art Lucerne, Lucerne (catalogue)
  • 2002
    "A New York Renaissance: Masterworks from the Collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art," Palazzo Reale, Milan (catalogue)
  • 2002
    "To Be Looked At: Painting and Sculpture from the Collection," Museum of Modern Art, New York (catalogue)
  • 2003
    "It Happened Tomorrow," Biennale d'Art Contemporain De Lyon 2003, Lyon (catalogue)
  • 2004
    "William Gedney - Christopher Wool: Into the Night," P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York
  • 2004
    "Monument To Now: The Dakis Joannou Collection," DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art, Athens (catalogue)
  • 2005
    "Contemporary Voices: Works from the UBS Art Collection," Museum of Modern Art, New York (catalogue)
  • 2005
    "Big Bang, Creation and Destruction in the 20th Century," Pompidou Center, Paris (catalogue)
  • 2005
    "Drawing from the Modern, 1975-2005," Museum of Modern Art, New York (catalogue)
  • 2006
    "The 80s: A Topology," Museu Serralves, Porto (catalogue)
  • 2006
    "Wrestle: Marieluise Hessel Collection," Hessel Museum of Art, Center for Cultural Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson (catalogue)

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