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Christopher Wool on Word and Image

Just auctioned for $4M.

Christopher Wool is one of my favorite artists, living or dead. And so on the occasion of one of his paintings selling for $4M, I thought I’d post selections from a 2008 conversation he conducted with Richard Hell and Glenn O’Brien:

Christopher Wool: With Jean-Michel or Picasso, the fact that they could do it so easily is what makes the work, in the end, so great. They had absolute fearlessness. If you’re not fearless about changes, then you won’t progress.

Glenn O’Brien: Richard, did you know Christopher’s work before he asked permission to use your words?

Richard Hell: I didn’t really know it. It’s funny, when I first saw his stuff, I was kind of aghast. When I first saw his word paintings, I thought: I can’t believe what they’re getting away with these days. [laughs] But I grew to really, really love them, and all of his stuff. It’s really interesting with art-movies too, but art especially-to see how your attitude toward artists and works and your level of appreciation of them is always shifting and changing over the years. That’s happened to me with a lot of artists, more so than other media, and it’s part of what makes art so interesting. Continue reading

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