upcoming: Exhibition, Regenstein Hall, Institute of Art Chicago, 23 February – 11 May 2014.
Christopher Wool is perhaps best known for his paintings of large stencilled letters, which he uses to form words or phrases, often abbreviated or arranged in run-on configurations that disrupt ordinary patterns of perception or speech. As this exhibition attests, however, Wool has employed a very wide range of styles and painterly techniques far beyond those now-iconic word paintings. Using spray, screens, stencils, rags, solvents, air guns, and other tools, he re-imagines the possibilities of gestural mark-making on a surface. This retrospective fills the space with a rich selection of his paintings, photographs, and works on paper.