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Richard Artschwager
Light Bulbs
Charcoal, pastel, and acrylic on handmade paper on soundboard in artist’s frame

Private Collection, New York. Image Courtesy Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven.

Excerpt from Yale University Art Gallery:

Richard Artschwager!

    October 25, 2012–March 31, 2013
    Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

    June 16, 2013–September 1, 2013
    Hammer Museum, Los Angeles

    October 11, 2013–January 6, 2014
    Haus der Kunst, Munich

    February 14, 2014–May 20, 2014
    Nouveau Musée National de Monaco, France

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 Museum of American Art in 1988.

Exhibition organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, in association with the Yale University Art Gallery, and curated by Jennifer R. Gross, the Seymour H. Knox, Jr., Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. Significant support for the Whitney’s presentation is provided by The Broad Art Foundation, Allison and Warren Kanders, Alice and Tom Tisch, and Mr. and Mrs. Harrison Augur. Publication made possible by a grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Additional support provided by Maura and Mark H. Resnick, B.A. 1978 Anna Marie and Robert F. Shapiro, B.A. 1956 and a Yale University Art Gallery endowment created with a challenge from the National Endowment for the Arts.


For nearly sixty years, Richard Artschwager (born 1923) has undertaken an unrelenting investigation of art’s ability to mediate contemporary experience and perception. Although his work, which includes sculpture, painting, prints, and drawing, is often characterized as having elements of Pop art, Minimalism, and Conceptual art, his practice defies easy categorization and his oeuvre is not entirely understood. In Richard Artschwager! the breadth of his idealistic, diverse work, and unconventional materials, such as Formica, rubberized hair, and Celotex, is fully illustrated and explored for the first time.

The 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 twentieth century and why he remains a highly influential figure today.

244 pages / 9 1/2 x 11 1/4 inches / 190 color and 20 black-and-white illustrations / Copublished with the Whitney Museum of American Art Distributed by Yale University Press / 2012

    Hardcover ISBN 978-0-300-18531-7
    Price $65 Members $52


Richard Artschwager, American, (1923-2013)
b. December 26, 1923,  Washington, D.C.
d. 2013

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