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Christopher Wool

Maybe Maybe Not. Christopher Wool and the Hill Collection (solo show)
Hill Art Foundation, New York
9 February - 28 June 2019

Installation view of Maybe Maybe Not: Christopher Wool and the Hill Collection © Christopher Wool. Photograph by Matthew Herrmann © Hill Art Foundation
Installation view of Maybe Maybe Not: Christopher Wool and the Hill Collection © Christopher Wool. Photograph by Matthew Herrmann © Hill Art Foundation

Maybe Maybe Not presents an emblematic selection of the work of American artist Christopher Wool. It inaugurates the exhibition program of the Hill Art Foundation, a cultural center conceived to offer broad public access to the seminal collection of contemporary and historical works assembled by J. Tomilson and Janine Hill over the past four decades.

Since coming to prominence in the 1980s, Christopher Wool has conducted a richly nuanced investigation of the possibilities of pictorial composition. This presentation of paintings, works on paper, photographs and prints encapsulates the evolution of the artist’s career, ranging from early experiments with readymade forms in his pattern and word paintings to more recent explorations of spontaneous gesture and digital intervention. Threading through Wool’s use of stenciled flowers, wildly looping spray paint, passages of violent erasure, and silkscreened apparitions of his own past imagery is a tension between freedom and constraint that has always animated his work.

Photography has long played an integral role in Wool’s practice, and this exhibition debuts two new photographic series. Whereas his previous work in the medium focused on scenes of alienation and degradation in the urban landscape, this more recent production documents the landscape of West Texas, where the artist has a home. Employing a disarming convergence of exposures, Yard locates unexpected sculptural vignettes in the ramshackle detritus surrounding semi-rural dwellings, while Road captures empty stretches of rough, overgrown track in which a destination is always deferred.

Hill Art Foundation, New York


Additional:

Raymond Hains, Joan Mitchell, Albert Oehlen, Christopher Wool et al.

The Collection of the Fondation. A Vision for Painting (group show)
Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris
20 February - 26 August 2019

The Fondation Louis Vuitton displays a new selection of 70 works from the collection and gathers 23 international artists from the 1960s to the present day around one main theme : painting.

This takes many forms: figurative or abstract, expressive or distanced. Relief pieces are contrasted with each other. Rooms devoted to Joan Mitchell, Alex Katz, Gerhard Richter, Ettore Spalletti, Yayoi Kusama and Jesús Rafael Soto alternate with thematic collections on abstraction, space and colour. The hanging shows the ways in which painting never ceases to reinvent itself and transgress its own rules, drawing on current techniques for reproduction.

Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris