Christopher Wool's stenciled word paintings are among his best known works. Frequently coming from a place of anxiety or impending threat, these paintings make it deliberately difficult to read and assemble meaning, interrupting the normal flow of language. For example, we're used to vowels and we're accustomed to words being on one line (for the most part).
Most visitors do correctly read this painting and it is helpfully titled Trouble to ensure we're all on the same page. Which is helpful considering it could be called Tribal or Treble and adhere to the same structure. But in the artist's view, the word paintings function most effectively when their content is somehow matched to their affect—when the word "does what it says." With Trouble's jarring layout and redaction of letters, Wool reflects the disturbance implied by the word itself.
18 hours 26 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago Chicago Splash previews Moholy-Nagy: Future Present, a retrospective on the Bauhaus designer who also made his mark in Chicago—opening at the Art Institute October 2.
20 hours 48 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago CLOSING SUNDAY—Design Episodes: The Modern Chair
Explore the evolution of the modern chair in the 20th century with iconic examples from makers like Charles and Ray Eames, Le Corbusier and Charlotte Perriand, and Harry Bertoia, among others.
THE MODERN CHAIR—http://bit.ly/2dD4Xy0
1 day 16 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago CLOSING SOON—Supernatural Shakespeare
While Shakespeare’s title characters might have the most name recognition, the Bard’s meddling witches and mischievous faerie folk often steal the show. See this focused installation before it closes October 10.