For five decades, Artschwager forged a maverick path by confounding the traditional limits of art and reconfiguring the visual comprehension of space. Associated with many genres but cleaving to none, Artschwager’s art has been variously described as Pop, Minimal, and Conceptual. Focusing on the structures of perception, his work conflates the visual world of images (painting) and the tactile world of objects (sculpture), with inspirations ranging from counterintelligence to cabinetry.
Synthetic materials were critical to Artschwager’s project. He worked frequently with Celotex, a heavily textured, obdurate compound board that allows brushstrokes to remain palpable, producing grisaille paintings of images both topical and obscure, from newspaper photographs to landscapes and interiors.
This is the first time that key paintings and drawings will be shown with materials from the artist’s personal archive, spanning the 1960s to his death in 2013.
Richard Artschwager was born in 1923 in Washington, DC, and died in 2013 in Albany, New York.
RICHARD ARTSCHWAGER: Primary Sources
Exhibition Dates: January 16 – February 23, 2019
Opening Reception: Wednesday, January 16, 2019 from 6pm – 8pm
980 Madison Avenue
New York, New York