By painting gigantic stenciled words in an unchanged typography and arrangement between 1988 and 1992, Christopher Wool contributes to this aggression. His works painted in enamel on aluminum are minimalist in order to concentrate the emotion within the short text. Wool is altogether removing from his art figure, color and texture, thus going still further than Jasper Johns.
He also standardizes formats in 1990. The repeatability of the pictorial process also enables the artist to transform his paintings into multiples. The exhibition of Wool's messages challenges the viewer on the nature and risks of the action, violent or inappropriate.
He does not attribute titles to his artworks, because the displayed word is sufficient. By limiting us to the year 1990 and the format 274 x 183 cm, we find RI-OT sold for $ 30M at Sotheby's on May 12, 2015 ; FO-OL sold for $ 14.2M by Christie's on November 12, 2014 ; HA-AH sold for £ 6.2M at Christie's on 1 July 2014; RUND-OGEA-TDOG sold for $ 3,67M by Phillips on November 8, 2010. These results include the premium.
The cat supersedes the dog in this unprecedented gallery on November 10 at Christie's in New York, lot 41B. For this work that tells CATS-INBAG-BAGS-IN-RIVER, the artist revealed the cinematographic source of his inspiration.
The demand is high for this series and the auction house does not announce the estimate, but the seller received a minimum price guarantee.
SOLD for $ 17M including premium