Christopher WOOL (1955)

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Christopher Wool sees himself more as a conceptual artist than a painter. For over thirty years his concerted efforts to deconstruct the foundations of images have effectively renewed American abstraction, following on from Cy Twombly.

A contemporary of Jean-Michel Basquiat and Cindy Sherman on the 1980s New York scene, Wool invented a new painting that diverted language with his series of “word paintings” started in 1987. Appointed a member of the American Academy in Rome in 1989, his work was shown for the first time in an American museum the same year (the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art). In 2005, Christie’s hammered his first seven-digit auction result (Rundogrundogrun, $1.2 million) just months before Larry Gagosian opened an exhibition of Wool’s work at his Beverly Hills gallery. After that, his work started attracted big-money collectors and as of 2010 his prices rocketed with Blue Fool fetching $4.4 million at Christie’s in New York. Between 2000 and 2020, his price index has risen 2,000% and his work has generated a total of $620 million in auction rooms. Christopher Wool has established himself as one of the most expensive Contemporary artists in the world.


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