'Christopher Wool' opens at Art Institute this weekend

The AIC exhibits the Chicago-raised abstract painter through May 11, brings in Thurston Moore.

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Christopher Wool, Untitled, AIC, Art Institute of Chicago

Christopher Wool, Untitled, AIC, Art Institute of Chicago

The works of Christopher Wool bring to mind signage, texting speak and Radiohead album covers. He works with alphabet stencils, greyscale and solvent, giving his paintings an air of post-9/11 uncertainty. Thing is, he was doing this kind of stuff in the '80s in New York.


Four months ago, his Apocalypse Now (1988) sold for $26 mill and change at Christie's. Just in case you were thinking of taking one home after seeing his stuff on display at the Art Institute. On Sunday 23, the AIC opens a dedicated exhibit to the 59-year-old, "Christopher Wool," which runs through May 11. The exhibit is open early to members today and tomorrow.


To amp up the cool factor, in conjunction with the exhibit, NYC noise-punk legends Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth and Richard Hell pop in on March 13 to lay down guitar noise and read from a new memoir, respectively. 



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