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Steve Wolfe

Luhring Augustine announces an exhibition organized in honor of the life and work of Steve Wolfe (1955-2016) titled Remembering Steve, on view in our Chelsea gallery.

 

At the heart of Wolfe’s practice are iconic twentieth century works of literature, music, and visual art which inspired him and became the subject of his practice.  Remembering Steve is comprised of sculptures and works on paper from the mid 1980s onwards; spanning the course of three decades. 

 

Working in the tradition of trompe l’oeil, Wolfe re-creates worn books and used records, primarily from the 1960s and 1970s, that influenced his personal and artistic sensibilities. He sought to represent his subjects with complete accuracy, rendering every detail of the original object which bore the signs of age and use.  Using lithography, silkscreen, drawing, and other labor intensive processes, he was exhaustive and exacting in his method, with some pieces taking several years to complete.  From his earliest mature work and throughout his career, his art explored the intersections between material culture, intellectual history, and personal and collective memory.  The resonance of his oeuvre is now even more profound as the beloved books and records he so faithfully reproduced are rapidly being replaced by digital surrogates.

 

Steve Wolfe's work is found in many important private collections as well as prestigious public institutions, including The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Menil Collection, Houston; The Art Institute of Chicago; The Dallas Museum of Art; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. In 2009, he was the subject of a one-person exhibition that originated at the Whitney Museum of American Art and traveled to the Menil Collection and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

 

Along with the exhibition, Luhring Augustine is organizing a catalogue raisonné of Steve Wolfe’s work. We request that anyone in possession of a work by the artist contact us with information to ensure the publication is a thorough and complete record of his oeuvre. For further information about the artist and the forthcoming catalogue raisonné, please contact Natalia Sacasa at 212-206-9100 or natalia@luhringaugustine.com.

Artworks

Steve Wolfe, Untitled (Portrait Of The Artist), 1991
Steve Wolfe, Untitled (Anna Karenin), 1985-1987
Steve Wolfe, Untitled (Candide), 1988-1989
Steve Wolfe, Untitled (Edgar Allen Poe), 1992
Steve Wolfe, Untitled (Howl), 1990
Steve Wolfe, Untitled (Nadja), 1992
Steve Wolfe, Untitled (Revolver), 1990
Steve Wolfe, Untitled (Sketchbook 0F), 1990
Steve Wolfe, Untitled (Study For Speak, Memory), 1986
Steve Wolfe, Untitled (Study For Unread Books #1), 1989
Steve Wolfe , Untitled (Thief's Journal), 1992
Steve Wolfe , Untitled (Silence), 1991
Steve Wolfe, Untitled (Hey Jude/Revolution), 1992
Steve Wolfe, Untitled (Hollywood Babylon), 1993
Steve Wolfe, Untitled (Study For Mumm/Jose Cuervo Cartons), 1994
Steve Wolfe, Untitled (Naked Lunch), 1995
Steve Wolfe, Untitled (Study For On The Road), 1995
Steve Wolfe, Untitled (Horses, Side 1), 1995-1996
Steve Wolfe , Untitled (Jackson Pollock, Museum Of Modern Art), 1995-1996
Steve Wolfe, Untitled (The City And The Pillar), 1996
Steve Wolfe , Untitled (Study For Picasso), 1996-1997
Steve Wolfe, Untitled (Walk On The Wild side), 1997
Steve Wolfe , Untitled (Study For Machine Art), 1998
Steve Wolfe , Untitled (Help Me), 1998
Steve Wolfe , Untitled (Pale Fire), 1998-1999
Steve Wolfe, Untitled (Andy Warhol By Rainer Crone), 1999
Steve Wolfe, Untitled (Walker Evans: American Photographs), 1999-2000
Steve Wolfe , Untitled (Study For Waiting For Godot), 2000
Steve Wolfe , Untitled (Salt Seller), 2000-2002
Steve Wolfe, Untitled (Study For Confessions Of Zeno), 2002-2004
Steve Wolfe, Untitled (I Remember), 2004
Steve Wolfe, Untitled (The Autobiography Of Alice B. Toklas), 2004-2005
Steve Wolfe, Untitled (Study For Notes From Underground/The Double), 2005-2006
Steve Wolfe , Untitled (Study For Stephen Crane: Stories And Tales), 2008-2010

Installation Views

Steve Wolfe, Remembering Steve
Steve Wolfe, Remembering Steve
Steve Wolfe, Remembering Steve
Steve Wolfe, Remembering Steve
Steve Wolfe, Remembering Steve
Steve Wolfe, Remembering Steve
Steve Wolfe, Remembering Steve
Steve Wolfe, Remembering Steve
Steve Wolfe, Remembering Steve
Steve Wolfe, Remembering Steve
Steve Wolfe, Remembering Steve
Steve Wolfe, Remembering Steve
Steve Wolfe, Remembering Steve
Steve Wolfe, Remembering Steve

Contact

For more information about the artist, please contact Natalia Sacasa at 212-206-9100 or natalia@luhringaugustine.com.

For press requests, please contact Caroline Burghardt at 718-386-2745 or caroline@luhringaugustine.com.

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