Artist Christopher Wool’s works are in museums, one went for $26.4 million |

Artist Christopher Wool’s works are in museums, one went for $26.4 million

One of two slashes in the "Untitled 2004" painting by New York artist Christopher Wool.
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Artist Christopher Wool, whose painting “Untitled 2004” was defaced Tuesday in Aspen, has works hanging in major museums and four years ago once of his works sold for $26.4 million.

Born in 1955, Wool grew up in Chicago before moving to New York City in the 1970s, according to A member of the Abstract Expressionist movement of painters, Wool began using hand rollers at that time “as a means of removing the painterly qualities from his work,” according to the website.

In the 1980s, Wool created word paintings with statements or phrases laid out in grid patterns with vowels removed. His most famous work from this period is called “Apocalypse Now” — featuring the words “SELL THE HOUSE SELL THE CAR SELL THE KIDS” — and is based on the film of the same name, according to

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In the 1990s, Wool worked mainly in silkscreen, the website states.

“Wool embraces failure and parodies, the grand archetypes of traditional painting,” according to “The result is a free yet formal repetitive aesthetic which continues Wool’s career-long inquiry into the deconstruction of the conventions of painting.”

Wool’s work has been exhibited at the Guggenheim in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and other museums throughout the world, according to

The prices for Wool’s works have been climbing in recent years, according to, with “Apocalypse Now” selling for $26.4 million at auction in 2013.


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