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  • Chameleon (page from Black Book), 1989

    Chameleon (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 "Chameleon (page from Black Book)" (1989) is a silkscreen print on paper from his well-known "Black Book" series. This body of work, produced throughout the 1980s, is known for its stark use of stenciled words and phrases on white backgrounds.

    The artwork features the single word "Chameleon" prominently displayed in black stencil lettering. The bold, blocky font is characteristic of Wool's approach during this period. The selection of the word "Chameleon" itself is significant. A chameleon is a lizard known for its ability to change its skin color to blend into its surroundings. By including this word, Wool potentially opens up interpretations about adaptation, disguise, or the ever-shifting nature of meaning.

    "Chameleon" aligns with the broader artistic movement of the 1980s that incorporated text as a central element. Similar explorations of language and its visual power can be found in the works of contemporary artists like Barbara Kruger and Jenny Holzer.

    Black Book was published as an edition of 350 (with 8 additional artist proofs) and is signed on the justification page (of the portfolio).

    Black Book has been exhibited by the Guggenheim Museum in New York and The Art Institute of Chicago.

    This work has never been framed and is in excellent condition.

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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.