Exhibition

New Work

Christopher Wool

July 6–September 3, 1989

Christopher Wool is known for making paintings that explore — and often disrupt — the repetition of words and images. This installment of the New Work series is the artist’s first solo museum exhibition and highlights his recent practice of combining painting and manual printing processes. At first glance Wool’s stenciled letters look generic and randomly configured, and his patterns, made with stamps and rollers, resemble wallpaper in their regularity. But upon closer inspection the letters unravel to reveal familiar — sometimes ominous — messages, and the patterns expose an array of subtle imperfections and variations.

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New Work is generously supported by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art's Collectors Forum and the National Endowment for the Arts.

  • Black and white painting featuring a vine-like pattern and letters

    New Work: Christopher Wool (installation view, SFMOMA), 1989

  • A large black and white painting that reads "AM OK"

    New Work: Christopher Wool (installation view, SFMOMA), 1989

  • A large black and white painting that reads "HELTER HELTER" next to a black and white painting of a fence-like pattern

    New Work: Christopher Wool (installation view, SFMOMA), 1989