Richard Artschwager, ‘Time Piece’, 1989, Krakow Witkin Gallery

Formica and enamel on wood, aluminum and clock mechanism
Clock element: 19 x 9 x 5 1/4 inches (48.3 x 22.9 x 13.3 cm)
Base element: 7 1/2 x 23 3/8 x 5 3/16 inches (19.1 x 59.4 x 13.2 cm)
Overall size: 25 1/2 x 23 3/8 x 5 3/16 inches (64.8 x 59.4 x 13.2 cm)

Signature: Signed and numbered in ink on a label affixed to the base

Image rights: Barbara Krakow Gallery

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.