Peachy the Magazine December 2013 - Page 87

ART + ARCHITECTURE Installation view: Christopher Wool, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, October 25, 2013–January 22, 2014. Photo: Kristopher McKay © Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. In the late 1990s, however, Wool produced what are possibly his most successful paintings. He still used a spray gun, but he loosened his line, and the results were lovely paintings with lyrical looping lines that tangled together. He then began to use turpentine soaked rags and brushes to wipe away parts of the line, creating lashes in variable shades of grey that interrupted the lyricism of the pieces but gave them more gravitas. Some have noted that these work harken back to Abstract Expressionism, albeit without the ego and the angst—certainly an interesting coda to your art-filled day, and something to ponder as you wind your way down Wright’s sublime rotunda. Now you’re done! If, however, you still have an ounce of energy, cross 5th Avenue, walk into Central Park. Proceed north along the jogging path of the reservoir until you reach the north end. Then look south and treat yourself to another splendid piece of art, a stellar view of the midtown skyline popping up over the trees of Central Park. Champagne anyone? n For more information about Museum Mile, visit DECEMBER 2013 87