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Richard Artschwager

January 24–March 8, 2008
West 24th Street, New York

Works Exhibited

Richard Artschwager, Table (Whatever), 2007 Formica on wood, 30 × 48 × 53 inches (76.2 × 121.9 × 134.6 cm)

Richard Artschwager, Table (Whatever), 2007

Formica on wood, 30 × 48 × 53 inches (76.2 × 121.9 × 134.6 cm)

Richard Artschwager, Berceuse, 2007 Acrylic, charcoal, hand-made fiber and formica on soundboard, 75 × 48 inches (190.5 × 121.9 cm)

Richard Artschwager, Berceuse, 2007

Acrylic, charcoal, hand-made fiber and formica on soundboard, 75 × 48 inches (190.5 × 121.9 cm)

Richard Artschwager, Grandmother in Chair, 2007 Acrylic on fiberpanel, 52 × 69 ½ inches (132.1 × 176.5 cm)

Richard Artschwager, Grandmother in Chair, 2007

Acrylic on fiberpanel, 52 × 69 ½ inches (132.1 × 176.5 cm)

Richard Artschwager, Lunch for Two, 2007 Acrylic, charcoal, hand-made fiber and formica on soundboard, 51 ½ × 75 ½ inches (130.8 × 191.8 cm)

Richard Artschwager, Lunch for Two, 2007

Acrylic, charcoal, hand-made fiber and formica on soundboard, 51 ½ × 75 ½ inches (130.8 × 191.8 cm)

About

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.
—Richard Artschwager

Gagosian Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new paintings and sculptures by Richard Artschwager.

For more than four decades, Artschwager has forged a unique and maverick path in twentieth century art by confounding its generic limits, all the while making the visual comprehension of space and the everyday objects that occupy it strangely unfamiliar. Artschwager's work has been variously described as Pop Art, because of its derivation from utilitarian objects and incorporation of commercial and industrial materials; as Minimal Art, because of its geometric forms and solid presence; and as Conceptual Art, because of its cool and cerebral detachment. But none of these classifications adequately defines the aims of an artist who specializes in categorical confusion and works to reveal the levels of deception involved in pictorial illusionism.

Artschwager's approach focuses on the structures of perception, striving to conflate the world of images, which can be apprehended but not physically grasped, and the world of objects, which is the same space that we ourselves occupy. His latest group of paintings—all deeply melancholic and spatially ambiguous domestic scenes in either grisaille or vivid hues—contend with the masterful precedents of Cézanne, Vuillard, Bonnard, and Morandi. In works such as Woman with a Cat or Light Bulbs oddly destabilized or disjointed interiors populated by enigmatic figures with blurred and erased faces reveal a compulsive disruption of genre expectations that conflates portrait, still life, and landscape. The fibrous surface of the support becomes a variable to be manipulated again and again by the artist in the service of purposeful ambiguity.

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