Valencia, Spain: IVAM, 2006. 1st Edition. Large quarto, publisher's black cloth, spine stamped in white, original illustrated dust jacket.
“I became more interested in ‘how to paint it’ than ‘what to paint’” (Christopher Wool commenting on his practice, 1998). First edition catalog accompanying an exhibition of Chicago-born artist Christopher Wool’s unique text paintings held at the Institut Valencià d'Art Modern (IVAM) and Musée d'Art moderne in Strasbourg in 2006. Wool came to prominence in the 1980s with these Neo-Pop, graffiti-like paintings which typically incorporated stamped, stenciled, or screen-printed patterns or words, though his later works are made with a variety of gestures and mediums. This presentation of his compelling and compositionally disruptive paintings marked the first major exhibition of his work in Europe. Illustrated throughout with nearly 100 plates in color and black-and-white including several full-page images of the exhibition’s interiors; with scholarly essays by Marga Paz and David Rimanelli and a list of exhibited works. Text in Spanish and English. Light rubbing along bottom edge. Near fine. Item #2918