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Richard Artschwager!

Oct 25, 2012–Feb 3, 2013

Richard Artschwager (b. 1923), Exclamation Point (Chartreuse), 2008. Plastic bristles on a mahogany core painted with latex, 65 × 22 × 22 in. (165.1 × 55.9 × 55.9 cm). Gagosian Gallery, New York. © Richard Artschwager. Photograph by Robert McKeever
Richard Artschwager (b. 1923), Logus (Blue Logus), 1967. Formica on wood, 35 × 45 1/2 × 48 in. (88.9 × 115.6 × 121.9 cm). Museum Ludwig, Cologne/Peter und Irene Ludwig Stiftung. © Richard Artschwager

Richard Artschwager's first solo exhibition was in 1965 at the age of forty-two at Leo Castelli Gallery. Since then his work has been shown throughout the world, and his enigmatic and diverse oeuvre has been influential, yet not thoroughly understood. This exhibition is a comprehensive review of Artschwager's remarkable creative exploration of the mediums of sculpture, painting, and drawing and the first retrospective exhibition of Artschwager's work since one organized at the Whitney in 1988.

Richard Artschwager! is organized by Jennifer Gross, Seymour H. Knox, Jr., Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Yale University Art Gallery.

This exhibition is organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, in association with the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven.

Significant support for the Whitney's presentation is provided by the National Committee of the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Broad Art Foundation, The Andrew J. and Christine C. Hall Foundation, Allison and Warren Kanders, Norman and Melissa Selby, Alice and Tom Tisch, Mr. and Mrs. Harrison Augur, Diane and Adam E. Max, Francis H. Williams, and Ruth and William S. Ehrlich. 

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he four essays in this volume illuminate previously unaddressed aspects of Artschwager's work, including his response to life in the age of mechanical reproduction, the relationship of his work to mainstream art, and his recent work's connection with Post-Impressionism. These texts, along with new photographs, previously unpublished archival images, and details of his materials, offer a compelling new look at one of the most singular artists of the 20th century and why he remains a highly influential figure today.

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