Richard Artschwager: Up and Down/Back and Forth
May 10–July 6, 2003
Though he may not be a household name, Richard Artschwager is one of the most influential artists of his generation. He is perhaps best known for his use of industrial materials in making sculptures whose straight-edged forms blur the distinction between furniture, art object, and image. Artschwager's works may be approached as any or all of these things simultaneously; their meanings and identities are always shifting. And so the title Up and Down/Back and Forth is indeed fitting. Artschwager's works vary from two- and three-dimensional pieces in plywood, metal, and painted formica to elegant drawings. On the occasion of the artist's 80th birthday, the Deutsche Guggenheim presents selections from the Deutsche Bank collection as well as several important loans.
Richard Artschwager, Too Far Apart, 1981. Charcoal on paper, 18 5/8 x 25 7/8 inches. Deutsche Guggenheim