Word Games

A legendary punk and an abstract artist mess with your mind

On the cover of Richard Hell and the Voidoids’ 1977 Blank Generation, Hell famously posed with the phrase “You Make Me ___” scrawled across his bare chest. Nearly 20 years later, acclaimed abstract artist Christopher Wool approached Hell for permission to use the words in a painting, and the two have been friends and collaborators ever since. Combining Hell’s words and Wool’s artistry, the two create humorous images that are not unlike a game of word jumble (for instance, which two words can you find in “perpenilsis”?). Tonight, they’ll discuss their recently released book of pictures, Psychopts. Barry Schwabsky, a poet and co-editor of Artforum’s international-review section, moderates the discussion.
Wed., June 25, 7 p.m., 2008

 
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