Richard Artschwager, ‘Chair/Chair’, 1987-90, Christie's


Signed and dated '90 in black felt-tip pen on the underside of the seat, numbered 61/100, co-published by the artist and Vitra International, Weil am Rein, Germany, in good condition
Overall: 39 x 49 x 52 in. (991 x 1245 x 1321 mm.)

Brooke Alexander 19

About Richard Artschwager

American painter and sculptor Richard Artschwager’s work has been classified as Pop Art due to the work’s derivation from utilitarian objects; Minimalist, in reference to Artschwager’s use of reductive geometric forms; and Conceptual in describing the cerebral quality of the work. However, Artschwager often sought to confound such art-historical categories and challenge the relationship between perception and illusion. Artschwager’s early career as a furniture designer is evident in his later sculpture, which often mimicked the forms of furniture, employed synthetic materials such as Formica, and invoked a Minimalist aesthetic, probing the distinction between art and design. The artist’s late-career work alluded to current political issues through the appropriation or depiction of mass media imagery, such as in his portraits of George W. Bush and Trent Lott.

American, 1923-2013, Washington, D.C.