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ANDY WOLL

The First Turn of the Screw

Night Gallery is pleased to present The First Turn of the Screw, an exhibition and online viewing room of new paintings by Andy Woll. This will be the artist's third exhibition with the gallery.

4 piece install

Andy Woll, Mt. Wilson (Las Meninas, III, I, II, IX), 2021, installation view in The First Turn of the Screw, 2021

Andy Woll’s canvases are driven by an obsessive exploration of form as well as the materiality of paint. By repeatedly painting the same subject he allows himself space for unlimited improvisation and discovery. Over the past five years, he has returned to  Mt. Wilson as a subject, the peak that sits just East of Los Angeles in the San Gabriel mountains. As a native of Los Angeles he has an intimate knowledge of the mountains physicality from traversing its many trails and streams. As a painter, he has found continual inspiration in the way the mountain’s surface reflects the light of the Los Angeles Basin, an ever-changing spectrum that shifts hour to hour, day to day, allowing him infinite possibilities of palettes to explore.

PAINTING 5

Andy Woll, Mt. Wilson (Las Meninas III)2021

PAINTING 4

Andy Woll, Mt. Wilson (Las Meninas Opponent Process II), 2021

PAINTING 3

Andy Woll, Mt. Wilson (Las Meninas Opponent Process I), 2021

PAINTING 2

Andy Woll, Mt. Wilson (Las Meninas IX), 2020

In this recent body of paintings, Woll has embedded the figures from Diego Velazquez’s 1656 masterpiece Las Meninas within the form of Mt. Wilson. Each painting from this series contains one of the eleven figures from this iconic painting hidden within the thick, at times sculptural, brushstrokes. Central to Woll’s practice is the idea of arriving at abstraction through representation and he is drawn to Las Meninas as a key moment to this idea in art history, and here he has applied lessons from the master to his beloved mountain. 

2 works

The First Turn of the Screw, installation view, 2021

Mt. Wilson (Las Meninas VII)

Andy Woll, Mt. Wilson (Las Meninas VII), 2020

Mt. Wilson (Las Meninas VIII)

Andy Woll, Mt. Wilson (Las Meninas VIII), 2021

PAINTING 1

Andy Woll, Mt. Wilson (Las Meninas X), 2020

STUDIO SHOT

Works-in-progress in Andy Woll's studio, photographed in January 2021

STUDIO SHOT 2

A work-in-progress in Andy Woll's studio, 2021

MENINAS PRINTOUT

Woll's reference printout of Las Meninas used in the planning of his paintings. 

Andy Woll lives and works in Los Angeles. He has exhibited work at Denny Dimin Gallery, New York, NY; Wilding Cran Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Blum and Poe, Los Angeles, CA; Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York, NY and others. His work has been featured in Cultured Magazine, Artnet, Two Coats of Paint among others. Andy Woll is represented by Night Gallery.

Andy Woll
Mt. Wilson (Las Meninas VIII), 2020
oil on linen
54 x 37 in (137.2 x 93.9 cm)
AW334

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Andy Woll
Mt. Wilson (Las Meninas VII), 2020
oil on linen
54 x 37 in (137.2 x 94 cm)
AW320
 

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Andy Woll
Mt. Wilson (Las Meninas Opponent Process II), 2021
oil on linen
54 x 37 in (137.2 x 94 cm)
AW338

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Andy Woll
Mt. Wilson (Las Meninas Opponent Process I), 2021
oil on linen
54 x 37 in (137.2 x 94 cm)
AW337

Andy Woll
Mt. Wilson (Las Meninas III), 2021
oil on linen
54 x 37 in (137.2 x 94 cm)
AW339

Andy Woll
Mt. Wilson (Las Meninas IX), 2020
oil on linen
54 x 37 in (137.2 x 93.9 cm)
AW336

Andy Woll
Mt. Wilson (Las Meninas X), 2020
oil on linen
54 x 37 in (137.2 x 93.9 cm)
AW335

Andy Woll
Mt. Wilson (Las Meninas VIII), 2020
oil on linen
54 x 37 in (137.2 x 93.9 cm)
AW334

Andy Woll
Mt. Wilson (Las Meninas VII), 2020
oil on linen
54 x 37 in (137.2 x 94 cm)
AW320
 

Andy Woll
Mt. Wilson (Las Meninas Opponent Process II), 2021
oil on linen
54 x 37 in (137.2 x 94 cm)
AW338

Andy Woll
Mt. Wilson (Las Meninas Opponent Process I), 2021
oil on linen
54 x 37 in (137.2 x 94 cm)
AW337

Andy Woll
Mt. Wilson (Las Meninas III), 2021
oil on linen
54 x 37 in (137.2 x 94 cm)
AW339

Andy Woll
Mt. Wilson (Las Meninas IX), 2020
oil on linen
54 x 37 in (137.2 x 93.9 cm)
AW336

Andy Woll
Mt. Wilson (Las Meninas X), 2020
oil on linen
54 x 37 in (137.2 x 93.9 cm)
AW335