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Richard Artschwager

September 1–October 15, 2022
Basel

Installation view Artwork © 2022 The Estate of Richard Artschwager/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Annik Wetter

Installation view

Artwork © 2022 The Estate of Richard Artschwager/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Annik Wetter

Installation view Artwork © 2022 The Estate of Richard Artschwager/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Annik Wetter

Installation view

Artwork © 2022 The Estate of Richard Artschwager/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Annik Wetter

Installation view Artwork © 2022 The Estate of Richard Artschwager/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Annik Wetter

Installation view

Artwork © 2022 The Estate of Richard Artschwager/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Annik Wetter

Installation view Artwork © 2022 The Estate of Richard Artschwager/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Annik Wetter

Installation view

Artwork © 2022 The Estate of Richard Artschwager/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Annik Wetter

Installation view Artwork © 2022 The Estate of Richard Artschwager/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Annik Wetter

Installation view

Artwork © 2022 The Estate of Richard Artschwager/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Annik Wetter

Installation view Artwork © 2022 The Estate of Richard Artschwager/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Annik Wetter

Installation view

Artwork © 2022 The Estate of Richard Artschwager/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Annik Wetter

Installation view Artwork © 2022 The Estate of Richard Artschwager/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Annik Wetter

Installation view

Artwork © 2022 The Estate of Richard Artschwager/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Annik Wetter

Installation view Artwork © 2022 The Estate of Richard Artschwager/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Annik Wetter

Installation view

Artwork © 2022 The Estate of Richard Artschwager/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Annik Wetter

Works Exhibited

Richard Artschwager, Chair/Chair, 1990 Red oak, Formica, cowhide, and painted steel, 39 × 40 × 52 inches (99.1 × 101.6 × 132.1 cm)© 2022 Richard Artschwager/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Rob McKeever

Richard Artschwager, Chair/Chair, 1990

Red oak, Formica, cowhide, and painted steel, 39 × 40 × 52 inches (99.1 × 101.6 × 132.1 cm)
© 2022 Richard Artschwager/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Rob McKeever

Richard Artschwager, Untitled, 1992 Charcoal, acrylic, and Formica on Celotex, in artist’s frame, 53 × 32 ¾ inches (134.6 × 83.2 cm)© 2022 Richard Artschwager/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Rob McKeever

Richard Artschwager, Untitled, 1992

Charcoal, acrylic, and Formica on Celotex, in artist’s frame, 53 × 32 ¾ inches (134.6 × 83.2 cm)
© 2022 Richard Artschwager/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Rob McKeever

Richard Artschwager, Exclamation Point (Yellow), 2001 Plastic bristles on a poplar core painted with latex, 65 × 22 × 22 inches (165.1 × 55.9 × 55.9 cm), edition 3/3© 2022 The Estate of Richard Artschwager/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Rob McKeever

Richard Artschwager, Exclamation Point (Yellow), 2001

Plastic bristles on a poplar core painted with latex, 65 × 22 × 22 inches (165.1 × 55.9 × 55.9 cm), edition 3/3
© 2022 The Estate of Richard Artschwager/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Rob McKeever

Richard Artschwager, Untitled, 2004 Acrylic on Celotex, in metal-clad artist’s frame, 30 ⅞ × 24 ¼ × 2 ¼ inches (78.4 × 62.6 × 5.7 cm)© 2022 Richard Artschwager/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Rob McKeever

Richard Artschwager, Untitled, 2004

Acrylic on Celotex, in metal-clad artist’s frame, 30 ⅞ × 24 ¼ × 2 ¼ inches (78.4 × 62.6 × 5.7 cm)
© 2022 Richard Artschwager/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Rob McKeever

Richard Artschwager, Landscape with Blue Mountains, 2009 Pastel on paper, 25 × 38 inches (63.5 × 96.5 cm)© 2022 Richard Artschwager/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Richard Artschwager, Landscape with Blue Mountains, 2009

Pastel on paper, 25 × 38 inches (63.5 × 96.5 cm)
© 2022 Richard Artschwager/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Richard Artschwager, Cyclist, 2010 Acrylic and rubberized horsehair on masonite, 54 ½ × 23 ¼ × 1 inches (138.4 × 59.1 × 2.5 cm)© 2022 Richard Artschwager/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Rob McKeever

Richard Artschwager, Cyclist, 2010

Acrylic and rubberized horsehair on masonite, 54 ½ × 23 ¼ × 1 inches (138.4 × 59.1 × 2.5 cm)
© 2022 Richard Artschwager/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Rob McKeever

Richard Artschwager, Watermelon on Green Paper, 2011 Pastel on paper, 19 × 25 ¼ inches (48.3 × 64.1 cm)© 2022 Richard Artschwager/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Richard Artschwager, Watermelon on Green Paper, 2011

Pastel on paper, 19 × 25 ¼ inches (48.3 × 64.1 cm)
© 2022 Richard Artschwager/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Richard Artschwager, Red Road, NM, 2012 Acrylic on handmade paper on soundboard, 37 ¼ × 49 ⅛ inches (94.6 × 124.8 cm)© 2022 Richard Artschwager/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Richard Artschwager, Red Road, NM, 2012

Acrylic on handmade paper on soundboard, 37 ¼ × 49 ⅛ inches (94.6 × 124.8 cm)
© 2022 Richard Artschwager/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

About

Art is not an object; it is an event.
—Richard Artschwager

Gagosian is pleased to present a selection of paintings, sculptures, and drawings by the late Richard Artschwager (1923–2013), the first exhibition of his work at Gagosian Basel. Since Artschwager’s participation in curator Harald Szeemann’s epoch-making exhibition Live in Your Head. When Attitudes Become Form at Kunsthalle Bern in 1969, his work has been shown internationally, including throughout Switzerland at such major institutions as Kunsthalle Basel (1981), Kunst Museum Winterthur (2002 and 2006), and Kunstmuseum St. Gallen (2005).

Artschwager specialized in crossing boundaries between genres and mediums, revealing the deception involved in pictorial illusion and communicating the essential strangeness of everyday objects and spaces. His work foregrounds the structures of human perception, often conflating the worlds of flat images and three-dimensional objects in witty and confounding ways. Artschwager made extensive use of synthetic materials, especially Formica and Celotex, a highly textured compound board.

The exhibition in Basel features several paintings on Celotex, including two titled Weaving (1969) that focus on the details of a fabric surface; Untitled (1992), an exterior view of a suburban house; and The Kitchen (1971), a depiction of the titular room. Also included is T.W.M.D.R.B. (1987), a view of six objects (the titular table, window, mirror, door, rug, and basket). All these works reflect Artschwager’s longstanding interest in domesticity and infuse a deadpan, documentary approach with a surreal effect, as if their subjects were being observed at a physical and cultural distance. Artschwager derived these images, as he often did, from newspaper photographs, employing a grid system to enlarge them from their sources and enhance blurred details.

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Richard Artschwager, Chair/Chair, 1990 © 2022 Richard Artschwager/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Rob McKeever

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Kunsttage Basel 2022
Richard Artschwager and Douglas Gordon

September 1–4, 2022, 11am–6pm
Basel
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Kunsttage Basel is a citywide program of art events at more than fifty-five museums, galleries, and other spaces. The exhibition Richard Artschwager, featuring a selection of paintings, sculptures, and drawings by the artist, will be on view at Gagosian, Basel, with extended hours. Douglas Gordon will also present work—including Pretty Much Every Film and Video Work from About 1992 Until Now (1999–)in a weekend-long installation at Fondation Beyeler as part of the program.

Richard Artschwager, Chair/Chair, 1990 © 2022 Richard Artschwager/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Rob McKeever