PRINT December 2012

Jack Bankowsky

View of “Christopher Wool,” 2012, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris. Photo: Pierre Antoine.

1 Christopher Wool (Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; curated by Fabrice Hergott) I never gave Wool’s art the time of day until this survey of recent paintings roused me from my slumber. When I first encountered Wool’s word paintings in the late 1980s, they felt self-consciously of the moment and, frankly, tepid; today, from the far side of pick No. 2 (and Josh Smith and Kelley Walker), things are looking rosier. With their evacuated palette, exhausted benday facture, and automatic automatism, Wool’s abstractions are—eureka!—exactly what I want to look at now.

2 Wade Guyton (Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; curated by Scott Rothkopf) Not since Michael (Fried) met Frank (Stella) have the fast-rising stars of an artist and a critic been so exhilaratingly twined, and the Whitney deserves high praise for tapping the chemistry and affording this young painter

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