No, these are not books. San Francisco based painter and sculptor Steve Wolfe works in the tradition of trompe l'oeil. He creates copies of book covers with every little detail and alleged "signs of wear", so that it's hard to believe that the copy is NOT a real book (it took me some time). For his elaborate recreations he uses oil, ink transfer, modeling paste, linen, wood, paper etc. Steve Wolfe's captivating work is included in several museum collections and has appeared in group shows and a solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York travelling to The Menil Collection in Houston and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. I hope there will be an exhibition in Germany one day. I would love to see his work.
Steve Wolfe: Untitled (Study For Vanguard/Cooks/Sapporo/Durham's/Campari Cartons), 2003-2005
Steve Wolfe: Untitled (Mondrian, 2000-2001
Steve Wolfe: Untitled (Manifestoes of Surrealism), 1987-1988
Steve Wolfe: Untitled (Vanguard/Cook's/Sapporo/Durham's/Campari Cartons), 2001-2003
Steve Wolfe: Untitled (The Postman Always Rings Twice), 1996-1997
Steve Wolfe: Untitled (A Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man), 2003
(All images via Luhring Augustine)
Catalog: Steve Wolfe on Paper, publisher: The Whitney Museum of American Art
Steve Wolfe is represented by 531 West 24th Street, NY, NY 10011, Luhring Augustine.
Curator of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) Franklin Sirmans talks about the 2010 exhibition Steve Wolfe On Paper. (Video: LACMA VIDEO)