b. 1955
  • United States
Turnover 2023
$USD 2.374.133
Record Sale
$USD 29.930.000

Wool’s artistic journey began at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, where he studied from 1973 to 1975. During this time, he developed a fascination with artistic experimentation and conceptual ideas, setting the stage for his groundbreaking work to come. In the 1980s, Wool emerged as a central figure in the East Village art scene in Manhattan.

He gained widespread recognition for his “word paintings,” which featured large-scale canvases adorned with stenciled words and phrases. This signature series showcased his bold and graphic style while engaging with the interplay of text and image. Throughout his career, Wool continued to push the boundaries of artistic expression. His exploration of abstraction, layering, and deconstruction challenged traditional notions of painting. His use of unconventional materials and techniques, such as screen printing and dripping paint, further solidified his reputation as an artist unafraid to experiment.

Wool’s work has been exhibited in prestigious galleries and museums worldwide, including solo exhibitions at institutions like the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, the Guggenheim Museum in New York, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMoMA). His influence on contemporary art is profound, and his creations have inspired dialogue about the relationship between text, image, and the nature of visual representation. Beyond his artistic practice, Wool’s legacy is embedded in his ability to challenge artistic norms, provoke thought, and reinvent the boundaries of painting. His work is collected by renowned institutions and private collectors alike, cementing his place as a trailblazing artist in the annals of contemporary art history.


Record Sale

Christopher WOOL (1955)
Untitled (Riot) (1990)

Ed. W14
274.3 x 182.9 cm
New York NY, United States, 12 may 2015
Contemporary Art Evening Auction
Lot # 7
Hammer price: $ 26,500,000
Price including buyer’s premium: $ 29,930,000
Estimate: $ 12,000,000 – $ 18,000,000

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