Wool, Christopher. The Black Book. New York / Cologne: Thea Westreich, and Gisela Capitain. 1989.
This book has seventeen iconic images of mostly nine-letter words made with stencils by contemporary artist Christopher Wool. The words are broken up on the page into a vertical stack of three levels where they remain understandable as words but far more striking as a visual abstraction.
In 1989-1990 Wool made a series of paintings of words describing character traits, personality types, or personal roles: CELEBRITY, COMEDIAN, ASSISTANT, ASSASSIN are examples. The entire series has become known as the Black Book Paintings, and each painted word is reproduced in this book as an offset lithograph on smooth wove paper.
This copy of the book is inscribed to Wool’s studio assistant in Chicago. The edition is limited to 350 copies plus eight artist’s proofs. In addition to the inscription, it is signed and numbered by Wool on the colophon.
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