Los Angeles

Los Angeles

Christopher Wool

The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)
250 South Grand Avenue
July 19–October 19, 1998

A man of large, block letters—and a maven of various textual-turn and neo-abstract collusions as much indebted to Franz Kline as Ed Ruscha—Christopher Wool gets his first major one-person show in the United States, an encompassing rundown of fifty-odd pieces, some dating from as early as 1986. MoCA curator Ann Goldstein has enlisted the artist to devise an in situ exhibition plan to present his engaging, often daunting, sometimes inscrutable work, including ’80s-vintage pattern paintings and stenciled- and stamped-texts pieces, plus silk-screened and spray-painted works from the ’90s. The show’s catalogue features essays by Goldstein, art historian Thomas Crow, and Carnegie curator Madeleine Grynsztejn. July 19–Oct. 19; travels to Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Nov. 21–Jan. 31, 1999.