Richard Artschwager, ‘Untitled (crate RA-6)’, 1995, Sprüth Magers

'Exile on Main St.', Bonnefantenmuseum Maastricht, February 15 - August 16, 2009
Design Biennale Liège, Belgium, September 26 - October 19, 2008
'Sculpture', September 8 - November 4, 2006, Sprüth Magers München

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.