New York: Skarstedt Gallery/Luhring Augustine, 2007. 1st Edition. Folio, publisher’s gray wraps with French flaps over light gray stiff paper inner wraps, spine and upper wrap lettered in black and dark gray.
Exhibition catalog for a 2007 survey show of Chicago-born artist Wool's black-and-white "pattern paintings" at Skarstedt Gallery, New York (November 9 - December 15). Wool came to prominence in the 80s with his Neo-Pop, graffiti-like text paintings, typically stamped, stenciled, or screen-printed images of decorative patterns or words, though his later works are made with a variety of gestures and media. Jerry Saltz describes his work as "a very pure version of something dissonant and poignant. His all-or-nothing, caustic-cerebral, ambivalent-belligerent gambit is riveting and even a little thrilling. It's what makes him one of the more optically alive painters out there" (Village Voice). The 16 black-and-white plates and 10 installation shots presented here "serve as historic documentation of works that have rarely been shown or published, but which remain perennially influential” (Skarstedt Gallery). Light edgewear, price sticker to lower wrap. Near fine. Item #523