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Richard Artschwager, ‘Washington Monument’, Christie's
Richard Artschwager, ‘Washington Monument’, Christie's
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Washington Monument

Charcoal and acrylic on Celotex in artist's frame
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Signed and dated 'Richard Artschwager 1964' (on the backing board)
Richard Artschwager
American, 1923–2013
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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.

Richard Artschwager, ‘Washington Monument’, Christie's
Richard Artschwager, ‘Washington Monument’, Christie's
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About the work
Exhibition history
Provenance
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Christie's
Signature
Signed and dated 'Richard Artschwager 1964' (on the backing board)
Richard Artschwager
American, 1923–2013
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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.

Washington Monument

Charcoal and acrylic on Celotex in artist's frame
Want to sell a work by this artist? Consign with Artsy.