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Steve Wolfe on Paper

Carter E. Foster and Franklin Sirmans

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October 13, 2009
102 pages, 7 1/2 x 11 1/4
42 color illus., including gatefold
ISBN: 9780300158984
HC - Paper over Board

Distributed for the Whitney Museum of American Art and The Menil Collection

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.


Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (9/09 – 11/09)

The Menil Collection, Houston (4/12/10 – 8/15/10)


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