Date(s) - 10/11/2013 - 01/06/2014
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Haus der Kunst
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The importance of Richard Artschwager’s work for contemporary art has been recognized worldwide since the art world discovered it in the mid-1960s, first in the United States and then in Germany. It therefore seems all the more remarkable that this retrospective is the first comprehensive presentation of the artist’s work since his 1988 show at the Whitney Museum in New York curated by Richard Armstrong. This retrospective is designed to deepen the understanding of Artschwager’s experimental exploration of the common media forms of painting, sculpture, drawing, and graphics. For the first time, the selection of works gives equal treatment to the development of his ambitious approaches and methods, which defy classification in the art-historical canon. The works illustrate Artschwager’s persistent questioning of art as image and object in the context of changed conditions of perception that emerged with the equalizing perspective of photographic reproduction.
Richard Artschwager (1923-2013) was born in Washington, D.C., to a German father and a Russian mother who attended and completed art school. At the age of eight he spent a year in Munich with his mother while she was studying at the Akademie there. In the mid- 1930s, the family moved to Las Cruces, New Mexico. In 1941, Artschwager matriculated at Cornell University, where he studied biology, chemistry, and mathematics. He was drafted into military service in 1944, which brought him back to Germany and Austria; then returned to the United States in 1947 and completed his degree in physics the following year. Additional practice in designing and furniture-making contributed to his later reputation as a “carpenter philosopher”.
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