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  • Assistant (page from Black Book), 1989
  • Assistant (page from Black Book) - CommodityGallery

    Assistant (page from Black Book), 1989

    Christopher Wool

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    Screenprint with Ink on smooth wove paper

    From edition of 350

    22¾ by 15⅞ in 578 by 405 mm

    Christopher Wool's "Assistant (page from Black Book)" (1989) exemplifies the bold, graphic vocabulary that defines his "Black Book" series. The stark white canvas becomes a stage for the single, stenciled word "Assistant" rendered in a monumental, block-letter typeface. This stripped-down composition echoes the Pop Art movement's appropriation of everyday language, but with a distinct neo-expressionist twist.

    The monumentality of the word "Assistant" invites a closer examination. Is it a straightforward declaration of a role, or does it hint at a power dynamic veiled within the seemingly neutral term? Wool's choice of black and white reinforces the starkness, leaving the interpretation open-ended. Perhaps it's a sardonic commentary on the hierarchical structures within the art world itself.

    By isolating a single word, Wool compels us to confront the inherent power and ambiguity embedded within language. "Assistant (page from Black Book)" transcends a mere depiction; it becomes a potent exploration of communication, hierarchy, and the very nature of meaning-making in the visual realm.

    Assistant (Page from Black Book), 1989 was acquired as part of a complete portfolio and has never been exhibited or framed.  Provenance is Sotheby's

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    Christopher Wool

    Christopher Wool, a titan of contemporary painting, has carved a unique path through the art world. Born in Chicago in 1955, his artistic journey began with studies under postwar abstract painters. However, the allure of the downtown New York scene in the late 1970s proved irresistible. He immersed himself in the city's vibrant underground film and music scene, briefly flirting with filmmaking before returning to painting with renewed focus.