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 Artschwager, Richard (1924 - )
USA

Trunk, 1964

Formica on Panel;
89.5 x 45.4 x 30.5 cm
Minimalism

UID 102-28



Biography

American artist born in Washington. From 1941 to 1948 studied science at Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y. He moved to New York and studied at Amédée Ozenfant Studio School. Since the early '60s, Richard Artschwager has challenged our expectations of sculpture, furniture and the concept of function. His sculptures tease observers with their possible interpretations - prodding us to ask questions about what is real and what is fake. They also poke fun at the concept of art itself and make observers wonder if the crate sculptures are the art or if they contain the real work. Highly refined wooden shipping crates demonstrate Artschwager's training as a cabinet-maker and seem quite at home in an after-hours museum setting. They appear to be simple objects, yet interfere with our preconception of art and sculpture. Artschwager has been exhibiting his work in galleries around the world since 1959 and has won many awards for his work, which occupies a unique zone between the everyday imagery of Pop Art sensibility and the cool directness of Minimalism. He had his first exhibition at the Leo Castelli Gallery, New York. He was represented at the "documenta" "4", "5", "7" and "8", Kassel, in 1980 he was represented at the Venice Biennale. In 1987 he was awarded the Kokoschka Prize, Vienna. In 1988 he was given a comprehensive retrospective at the Whitney Museum of Modern Art, New York, and at the Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, and in 1989 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. He lives in Charlottesville, New Jersey.



Exhibitions

Here and Now: On Minimal Art in The Berardo Collection
Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo (SMAM-CB), Portugal
18-10-2003 ~ 22-02-2004

The Berardo Collection
Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo (SMAM-CB), Portugal
17-05-1997 ~ 31-08-1997

Pop 60s Transatlantic Crossing
Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB), Portugal
11-09-1997 ~ 17-11-1997

A Look at The Berardo Collection
Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo (SMAM-CB), Portugal
18-06-2000 ~ 30-09-2000

A Look at The Berardo Collection
Museu de José Malhoa, Portugal
23-07-2001 ~ 26-10-2001

Colecção Berardo - Arte Pop & Ca.
Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo (SMAM-CB), Portugal
19-04-2002 ~ 15-09-2002

Observers
Museu Colecção Berardo, Portugal
14-02-2011 ~ 29-05-2011


Bibliography

Here and Now: On Minimal Art in The Berardo Collection, 2003
Published by Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo
ISBN 972990300X

Christie's, Contemporary Art (Part II), 1994
Published by Christie's

Colecção Berardo - Art Pop & Ca., 2002
Published by Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo
ISBN 9729742873

Formen der Kunst und Formen des Leben, 1994

Pop '60s Transatlantic Crossing, 1997
Published by CCB - Centro Cultural de Belém
ISBN 9728176384

Pop Art & Co. - The Berardo Collection - Sintra Museum of Modern Art, 2004
Published by TBS Television, INC.

The Berardo Collection – Sintra Museum of Modern Art, 1996
Published by Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo
ISBN 9729739105

A Look at The Berardo Collection, 2000
Published by Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo
ISBN 9729742839







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