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Live in Your Head

Richard Artschwager’s Cabinet of Curiosities

January 17–March 7, 2020
Davies Street, London

Richard Artschwager, Walker, 1964 Formica on wood, 26 ⅛ × 38 ¼ × 35 ⅛ inches (66 × 97 × 89 cm)© 2020 Richard Artschwager/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Rob McKeever

Richard Artschwager, Walker, 1964

Formica on wood, 26 ⅛ × 38 ¼ × 35 ⅛ inches (66 × 97 × 89 cm)
© 2020 Richard Artschwager/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Rob McKeever

Richard Artschwager, Exclamation Point (Yellow), 2001 Plastic bristles, mahogany, and latex, in 2 parts, overall: 65 × 22 × 22 inches (165.1 × 55.9 × 55.9 cm), edition of 3© 2020 Richard Artschwager/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Richard Artschwager, Exclamation Point (Yellow), 2001

Plastic bristles, mahogany, and latex, in 2 parts, overall: 65 × 22 × 22 inches (165.1 × 55.9 × 55.9 cm), edition of 3
© 2020 Richard Artschwager/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

About

There isn’t any art until some creature sees and consumes it. And has a reaction.
—Richard Artschwager

Gagosian is pleased to present Live in Your Head: Richard Artschwager’s Cabinet of Curiosities, an exhibition spanning the five decades of Artschwager’s career, and his first in London since 2003.

Live in Your Head was conceived specifically in response to the Davies Street gallery space, with its wide plate glass window giving on to a busy Mayfair thoroughfare. The installation will be visible from the street, its components arranged like objects in a Joseph Cornell box. It also recalls a sixteenth-century Wunderkammer, or cabinet of curiosity—a collection of specimens, relics, and other marvels that was displayed as a microcosm of its owner’s knowledge and experience. Artschwager studied science and mathematics at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York before and after serving as an intelligence officer in the Second World War. In making art, he revealed an empirical fascination with artifacts both extraordinary and banal, deriving surreal results from everyday sources, whether through shifts in scale or transpositions of forms from one material to another.

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