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18th November 2013
Christopher Wool at the Guggenheim

With the Guggenheim starting to take shape on Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, we thought we would check out what's going on over across the Atlantic. Showing through to the January 22nd 2014 Christopher Wool is showing his abstract urban art at the Guggehheim.

For the past 30 years, Christopher Wool has made graffiti-like abstractions with paint rollers, spray guns, and turpentine smudges, stenciled floral patterns and charged phrases (fuckem if they can’t take a joke) on canvases, and digitally manipulated old paintings into printed works via Photoshop. Wool’s career will be shown inside the Guggenheim Museum in New York in a major retrospective that draws new connections between the Chicago-born painter’s abstract works, two major photographic series, and two early-career collaborative works, one of them with the artist Richard Prince.

Wool’s iconic word pieces (Untitled, 2000) will also be on view—from his first, Sex Luv, 1987, to his acclaimed Black Book Drawings Suite, 1989—22 works on paper formed from eight or nine stacked letters, like Terrorist and Paranoiac (both 1989). “So many of Wool’s word paintings conjure an atmosphere of anxiety and hostility,” says the associate curator Katherine Brinson. “Are they accusing the viewer or society at large? Or maybe they could be read as a caustic self-portrait?” You be the judge.

You can also check out his Artsy profile here: