Christopher Wool

Untitled

2007

Medium
Enamel paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 3200 x 2442 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased with funds provided by the American Fund for the Tate Gallery, courtesy of the North American Acquisitions Committee and Oscar Engelbert, Alain Jathiere, Cynthia and Abe Steinberger, Mr Christen Sveaas and an anonymous donor 2012
Reference
T13445

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This large abstract painting was made by brushing and spraying paint before wiping away at the surface with rags soaked in thinner. Because of the different drying times of his materials, the thinner sometimes erases a black trail of sprayed paint while retaining its outline as a kind of ghosted trace. Wool’s marks hark back to the language of abstract expressionism while also recalling the look of white-washed windows in closed-down shops, or the stains on city pavements.

Gallery label, July 2015