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Christopher Wool


  • Year1991
  • MaterialEnamel on aluminium
  • Dimensions90 x 60 cm
  • Year of acquisition1992
  • Inventory numberUAB 617
  • On viewGround floor

More about the artwork

Christopher Wool’s work displays the words "CATS IN BAG,” written in stenciled black letters on a stark white background. Wool leaves it to the viewer to complete the truncated quote of Tony Curtis’s line “The cat’s in the bag and the bag’s in the river,” from the 1957 film noir “Sweet Smell of Success.” As in the film, which caustically deals with the relationship between a megalomaniacal New York gossip columnist and an unscrupulous press agent, Wool’s paintings from this time convey an underlying sense of anxiety and pessimism. In the film, this was the watchword for the murder of an aspiring musician. The painted slogan expresses the codes of such unfathomable power relations, in all their poetry.

Further collection artworks

Cy Twombly, Untitled, 2004, UAB 655aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Untitled
Cy Twombly , Lepanto VI, 2001, UAB 474Lepanto Zyklus aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Lepanto VI, 2001
Cy Twombly, Untitled, 2003, UAB 484aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Untitled, 2003
Cy Twombly, Gaeta Set (for the Love of Fire & Water), 1981, UAB 459 1/10-10/10aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Gaeta Set (For The Love of Fire & Water), 1981
Andy Warhol, Diamond Dust Shoes, 1980, UAB 566aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Andy Warhol Diamond Dust Shoes, 1980
Cy Twombly, Celtic Boat, 1994
Cy Twombly Celtic Boat (Gaeta), 1994