Christopher Wool Untitled (You Make Me) 1997

Artwork details

Artist
Christopher Wool born 1955
Title
Untitled (You Make Me)
Date 1997
Medium Enamel paint on aluminium
Dimensions Support: 2742 x 1826 x 28 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the American Fund for the Tate Gallery, courtesy of Donald L. Bryant Jr and family in memory of Monique Beudert 2009
Reference
T12905
Not on display

Display caption

'You Make Me' is an ambiguous phrase suggesting both coercion and completeness. Is it a statement about force or about making someone whole? Wool appropriates texts from sources such as films, but uses repetition or unexpected intervals between words and letters to fracture meaning. Here the words are stacked up, disrupting our ability to read them as a fluid sentence. Since the mid-1980s, Wool's paintings have generally consisted of either abstract ornamental imagery or black lettering on a white background. In both groups the images appear magnified, taken to the brink of disintegration.

August 2004