Richard Artschwager

American sculptor and painter Richard Artschwager was born in 1923 in Washington D.C. He first studied chemistry, biology, and mathematics at Cornell University, and then art in New York under Amedee Ozenfant, one of the pioneers of abstraction.

Artschwager has been making art – sculpture, painting, drawing and other objects – since the early 1950s. For more than four decades, Artschwager has forged a unique and maverick path in twentieth century art by confounding its generic limits, all the while making the visual comprehension of space and the everyday objects that occupy it strangely unfamiliar. Artschwager's work has been variously described as Pop Art, because of its derivation from utilitarian objects and incorporation of commercial and industrial materials; as Minimal Art, because of its geometric forms and solid presence; and as Conceptual Art, because of its cool and cerebral detachment. But none of these classifications adequately defines the aims of an artist who specializes in categorical confusion and works to reveal the levels of deception involved in pictorial illusionism.

Richard Artschwager exhibited with Galerie Thomas Schulte in 1992, 1996, 2001, and 2011.


Recent and upcoming exhibitions

21er Haus, Vienna, Austria
Flirting with Strangers
Group exhibition
September 9, 2015 – January 31, 2016

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, USA
America Is Hard to See
Group exhibition
May 1 – September 27, 2015

Museu Serralves - Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Porto, Portugal
Can The Museum Be A Garden? - Works From The Collection Of The Serralves Museum Of Contemporary Art
Group exhibition
February 6 – September 13, 2015

Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany
Richard Artschwager!
Solo exhibition
October 11, 2013 – January 26, 2014

Selected publications

Jennifer R. Gross (Author)
Richard Artschwager!
Whitney Museum of American Art), 2012
ISBN-13: 978-0300185317

Information on shows at the gallery