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Christopher Wool


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

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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.

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Further collection artworks

Werkabbildung Cy Twombly, Bacchanalia - Winter (5 Days in January), 1977 im Museum Brandhorst in München Teil der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Bacchanalia - Winter (5 Days in January), 1977
Cy Twombly, Lepanto IX, 2001, UAB 477Lepanto Zyklus aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Lepanto IX, 2001
Cy Twombly, Untitled (
Cy Twombly Untitled ("THE MATHEMATICAL DREAM OF ASHURBANIPAL") (Lexington), 2000
Cy Twombly, Untitled, 2003, UAB 484aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Untitled, 2003
Andy Warhol, Ladies and Gentlemen, 1975
Andy Warhol Ladies and Gentlemen (Alphanso Panell), 1975
K.H. Hödicke (*1938), Hinterhof (Himmel über Schöneberg), 1973, Schenkung des Künstlers I Gift of the artist 2020
K.H. Hödicke Hinterhof Himmel über Schöneberg, 1973