previews

New York

Christopher Wool

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum | New York
1071 Fifth Avenue
October 25 - January 22

Curated by Katherine Brinson

When the Whitney Museum of American Art boldly leaped a decade and honored Wade Guyton with an early, if well-deserved, survey last year, even this late-to-the-game Christopher Wool fan felt a pang of sympathy for the elder artist, widely acknowledged as a precursor to Guyton and his generation. For this reason, the Guggenheim’s timely retrospective feels that much more so. This full-rotunda roundup—the most comprehensive showing of Wool’s output to date—will bring together roughly ninety paintings, photographs, and works on paper made since the mid-1980s. Accompanied by a catalogue with essays by Brinson, Suzanne Hudson, James Rondeau, and fellow artist Richard Prince, this exhibition should afford ample perspective on Wool’s germinal role in the already-venerable tradition of painting in the age of (post)mechanical reproduction.

Travels to the Art Institute of Chicago, Feb. 23–May 11, 2014.