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Richard Artschwager

Exclamation Point, 2010
plastic bristles on a mahogany core painted with latex (edition of 3)
165,1 × 55,9 × 55,9 cm | 65 × 22 × 22 inches
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Artschwager has been making art for over four decades but was originally trained as a microbiologist.  After serving in the army during the Second World War, he studied with the Purist painter Amédée Ozenfant in Paris. In the 1950s, he made furniture in Formica. This began as a commercial activity and evolved into a sculptural practice during the 1960s. At the same time, he also started working with found photographs, which he enlarged and used as the basis for a series of black and white paintings. Made on Celotex (a fibreboard with a pronounced texture) and placed in distinctive metallic frames, these works explored themes connected to modern buildings, interiors, domesticity, furniture and working life. They were followed, in the 1970s, with the so-called ‘quotation pieces’: two and three-dimensional representations of punctuation marks which, by analogy with their written counterparts, frame ‘space’ and give it a purpose. In the 1990s, Artschwager made a series of sculptures in the form of shipping crates that further blur the distinctions between functional objects and art. Artschwager is well known for playing with the materiality of the artwork. His use of acrylic, whitewash and pastels on Celotex, for example, creates a three-dimensional effect that makes the paintings almost tactile. Or as Artschwager puts it: “Sculpture is for the touch, painting is for the eye. I wanted to make a sculpture for the eye and a painting for the touch.”


A retrospective Richard Artschwager! was organised by the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York in 2012 (travelling). Richard Artschwager had his first solo show at Leo Castelli gallery in New York in 1965. His work was included in Documenta, Kassel, in 1968, 1972, 1982, 1987 and 1992. He first exhibited at Xavier Hufkens in 1995.


Richard Artschwager was born in 1923, Washington, DC, USA. He died in Albany, New York, in 2013.


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Exclamation Point, 2010
plastic bristles on a mahogany core painted with latex (edition of 3)
165,1 × 55,9 × 55,9 cm | 65 × 22 × 22 inches

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Landscape with Mine, 2009
Acrylic, pastel and chalk on HMP on sound board
65,6 × 93,3 × 5,8 cm | 25 7/8 × 36 3/4 × 2 1/4 inches

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Cat person, 2009
Acrylic, chalk and pastel on HMP on sound board
93,4 × 65 × 5,8 cm | 36 3/4 × 25 5/8 × 2 1/4 inches

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Self portrait (ghost), 2009
Charcoal and Acrylic on HMP on sound board
93 × 62,5 × 5,8 cm | 36 5/8 × 24 5/8 × 2 1/4 inches

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Woman with Cat, 2007
Acrylic on fiberpanel
118,5 × 124 cm | 46 5/8 × 48 7/8 inches

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Lunch for One, 2007
Acrylic, charcoal, hand-made fiber and formica on soundboard
119 × 182,5 cm | 46 7/8 × 71 7/8 inches

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Exhibitions

2010

Richard Artschwager

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Richard Artschwager