The Easel

Archives: Chris Murtha

9th July 2024

Christopher Wool Tries Blending Bad-Boy Energy with Blue Chip Clout

If your paintings sell for multi-millions and you have had a Guggenheim retrospective, what comes next? Wool’s answer, if it is that, is to mount his own show in a grungy vacant office block. His famous text works long gone, he has returned to abstract paintings, some made “gritty” through “degraded reproduction”. This is not traditional painting but rather feels like a return to the mid-1970’s when he was a struggling DIY artist. Wool seems to agree, indirectly; “I don’t recognize our culture”.