Richard Artschwager, ‘Locations’, 1969, Christie's


Signed in blue ball-point pen on a label affixed to the reverse of the wood sculptural container, numbered 30/90, co-published by Brooke Alexander, Inc. and Castelli Graphics, New York
Overall: 14 7/8 x 10 5/8 x 4 7/8 in. (378 x 270 x 124 mm.)

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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.