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Richard Artschwager

Description of Table

1964

Description of Table (1964) consists of a simple plywood cube inlaid with pieces of black, white, and faux wood-grain laminates. Richard Artschwager (b. 1923) cleverly laid out the different colored laminates on the cube to create the illusion of a cloth-draped table. Ask students to consider the properties of a table and debate if Description of Table can in fact be a table.

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