Felix Gonzalez-Torres and Christopher Wool: Untitled
This poster was part of a collaborative work made by Felix Gonzalez-Torres and Christopher Wool in 1993 as a benefit for Printed Matter in New York. Visitors to the nonprofit bookstore were invited to take one poster from an eight-inch-tall stack that was placed on the ground.
The imagery is based on a 1990 stencil painting by Wool that appropriates a text by Russian revolutionary writer and philosopher Vasily Rozanov. In 1967, Belgian writer Raoul Vaneigem championed Rozanov’s text as a perfect expression of nihilism and adopted it as one of the Situationist International’s myriad slogans. In his painting, Wool disrupts the expected spacing of the words to fragment the phrase and subvert interpretation.