Richard Artschwager: texts and interviews

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Kunstmuseum, 2003 - Art - 142 pages
If Richard Artschwager's laconic, concisely handcrafted works deny excessive verbalization (How much can you say about a black oval without worrying that the oval is laughing at you?), the artist's use of the written word to express his sculptural and pictorial ideas comes as a pleasant surprise. Artschwager has always jotted down indispensable notes and written articles for special occasions, taking up specific aspects of his work in a way that allows for a concentrated viewing of the art, as well as a glimpse into the artist. His sharp insight into and articulation of the prerequisites of his work and the philosophical questions touched on, plus his emphasis on art praxis, lend these texts an exemplary character.

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Still Life
The Hydraulic Door Check
Autobiographical Fragment ca 1973

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About the author (2003)

Richard Artschwager was born in 1924 in Washington, D.C., and grew up in New Mexico. He began his studies at Cornell University in 1941 but was called into service for World War II. In 1950 he moved to New York, where he began to design and build furniture, a commercial venture which held great influence over his early sculpture. Artschwager's work is found in the collections of such institutions as The Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

Schwarz has been the Director of the Kunstmuseum Winterthur in Switzerland since 1990.

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