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: Curator Elisabeth Sussman on Wool’s stenciled letters.
Elisabeth Sussman: On the one hand, they are shapes of graphic interest to the artist. Breaking it up makes the thingness of it more apparent, because it's hard to read and it means you have to look at the letters really hard. You can't assimilate this quickly.
It's very beautiful. The letters themselves just have beautiful forms and powers. By the way, it's painted in a kind of interesting navy blue color, so it's not exactly like you would expect a sign to be.
But I think if the question is what does it mean to paint it? A text like this? I mean, all of the above, that you enjoy it graphically and you like all of that. But that ultimately, you can get the power of an experience without anything figurative other than a text. I think that must have been the reason to paint it, to project such a powerful idea with words only is quite a feat.
- 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