Collected by Thea Westreich Wagner and Ethan Wagner Audio Guide Playlist
Listen to this audio guide of selected works in the exhibition, Collected by Thea Westreich Wagner and Ethan Wagner, co-organized by the Whitney and the Centre Pompidou.
Narrator: In the 1980s, Christopher Wool began making paintings out of text, making the letters and words the subject of the work.
Elisabeth Sussman: It's both graphically very strong, and at the same time, the texts themselves are powerful. A signature of Christopher's work at this time is that he will break the words up, so that it takes you a while to read the text because the one word will carry over into two lines.
Narrator: Wool took this text from a book that rock critic Greil Marcus wrote about punk. Curator Elisabeth Sussman.
Elisabeth Sussman: The event that is described in the text is that there is an enclosed little space where people are somehow immersed in their lives, in the spectacle. And that at the end of the immersion, when the immersion is over, and they are forced to leave their little space and to go back into the so‑called world, there's no world there. Or there is no exit. It’s a very existentialist kind of idea.
Narrator: If you’d like to hear more about Wool’s text paintings, please tap your screen.
- 600 Introduction to Collected by Thea Westreich Wagner and Ethan Wagner
- 601 Simon Starling, Work, Made-ready, In Light of Nature, 2003
- 604 Robert Gober, The Ascending Sink, 1985
- 6042 Robert Gober, The Ascending Sink, 1985
- 605 Bernadette Corporation, Creation of a False Feeling, 2000
- 607 Christopher Wool, Untitled, 1990–91
- 609 Robert Gober and Christopher Wool, Untitled, 1988
- 6072 Christopher Wool, Untitled, 1990–91
- 610 David Robbins, Talent, 1986
- 611 Henrik Olesen, Some Gay-Lesbian Artists and/or Artists relevant to Homo-Social culture V/American Male Bodies/English Lads/Melancholy, 2007
- 615 Daniel Lefcourt, Breach of Contract (Total Nonperformance) & Clarification, 2006
- 616 Sam Lewitt, Paper Citizen 4322, 2010