Steve Wolfe on Paper Carter E. Foster, Franklin Sirmans

Publication date:
13 Oct 2009
Whitney Museum of American Art
102 pages: 286 x 190mm
42 color illus., including gatefold
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Working in the tradition of trompe l'oeil, Steve Wolfe (b. 1955) creates careful replicas of classic books, worn album covers, and vinyl records, crafted from modeling paste, screenprints, drawings, and many other media. Wolfe’s reproductions embrace the tattered jackets, aged paper, and worn corners that come with the consumption of the culture within. These marks become records of time and memory representing the intersection of abstract thought and physical substance. With painstakingly composed illusion, these objects fall within the tradition of trompe l'oeil and blur the line between everyday object and art.


This book focuses on Wolfe’s works on paper, including drawings and pieces that combine drawing with painting, collage, and printmaking. Although his work is included in numerous museum collections and has appeared in several group shows, this is the first major publication on this important emerging artist.

Carter E. Foster is curator and curator of drawings at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Franklin Sirmans is curator of modern and contemporary art at The Menil Collection.

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