Christopher Wool Roundtable

Christopher Wool, Untitled, 1987, enamel and flashe on aluminum, 182.9 x 121.9 c
Christopher Wool, Untitled, 1987, enamel and flashe on aluminum, 182.9 x 121.9 cm (© Christopher Wool)

David Cohen, Nora Griffin, David Rhodes, and Joan Waltemath engage (and clash) in an email roundtable discussion about the recent Christopher Wool retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum, New York.

Topics debated include the paintings' surface and reflectivity, Wool's knowing (or unknowing) engagement with the flow of art history, the presence or absence of "experiential space" in the paintings, rawness as an indicator of a "punk" aesthetic versus "attitudes of renewal," and nihilism in the work expressed as a more "negative attitude towards the possibilities of paint than positive ones."