WOOL, Christopher. East Broadway Breakdown.
(Berlin): Holzwarth Publications, 2003. First edition. The ‘Special Edition’. Quarto. Unpaginated. Between 1994 and 1995, Christopher Wool shot a series of photographs in downtown New York City that he calls East Broadway Breakdown, after a street on the Lower East Side, the neighbourhood where he lives and works. Taken at night using a 35mm camera, the pictures feature the neighbourhood’s signature streets, with their dilapidated storefronts and ramshackle staircases leading up to anonymous spaces. The high contrast images are often hard to read, producing, rather than coherent images, seemingly random forms that emerge from skewed camera angles. Like his paintings, Wool’s photographs hover between abstraction and representation, forcing viewers to confront their desire for visual coherence while offering an alternative construct for picture-making today. A near fine copy in card covers with paper jacket. Housed in a archival box with “Christopher Wool — East Broadway Breakdown. Special Edition”. This is one of 160 copies with an original 4 x 6 inch b&w Type-C print (Kodalux Processing) by Christopher Wool, signed and stamped and dated enclosed in Mylar sleeve.
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