Thursday, May 19, 2011

Richard Artschwager

Richard Artschwager (b. 1923) started as a cabinet maker, a definite influence on his work and process. His sculptures, blockish structures made of wood and formica, mimic or describe useful everyday objects with a dry sense humor.
 Book (1964)

Description of Table, 1964
Melamine laminate on plywood

 Bookcase III

Chair/Chair, 1987/90 
Oak, burl wood and cowhide
(this one is actually for sitting + sold for $55k at Phillips de Pury)

"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

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