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The instantly recognizable stencil lettering of Christopher Wool is at once serious and flippant. This part of the original bound book of seventeen screenprints presents a sociological cross-section, as Wool reduces consecutive words like “TERRORIST” and “HYPNOTIST” to raw, unbridled text in a subversive act of authoritarian determination. Wool’s verbal fractures produce witty and at times suggestive juxtapositions, challenging the implications of language while tempting the viewer to disregard meaning in favor of graphic concerns. These images were originally inspired by New York graffiti, gaining political gravity through the employment of a military font in the context of the Vietnam War.
Page from Black Book, 1989
Complete book is a hardcover book, printed on smooth wove paper with title page and justification, unpaginated, bound (as issued) with original black paper covers
Book is from an edition of 350 and 8 artist’s proofs
Book is signed and numbered on the justification
Published by Gisela Capitain, Cologne and Thea Westreich, New York
Overall: 23 1/8 x 16 in. (58.7 x 40.6 cm)
Sold in excellent condition. Please note that the binding holes have intentionally been left as part of the print on left edge for authenticity purposes.
Lougher Contemporary will provide the buyer of this print with a gallery proof of authenticity certificate which will include a photo of the justification page, where the book was signed and numbered by Christopher Wool.