Punctuating Space: The Prints and Multiples of Richard Artschwager

  • Oct 3, 2015 – Dec 13, 2015
  • The Bob & Lissa Shelley McDowell Gallery

Richard Artschwager (1923-2013) upturned the conventional norms of art in the 1960s when he began to anonymously insert his signature oval-shaped blp into unexpected places. As both a painter and sculptor, Artschwager’s unique body ofwork straddles pop, minimal, and conceptual art. Early on, he turned to the use of commercial and industrial materials such as Celotex, Formica, rubber, and horsehair, a natural extension of the modernist furniture he made in the 1950s. Throughout his career, Artschwager forged his own path, making the visual comprehension of space and the everyday objects that occupy it strangely familiar.

Artschwager sustained a keen interest in prints and multiples throughout his career, producing an impressive body of more than 100 editioned works. These, too, appear in both two and three dimensions, and give evidence to his experimentation with form and material. This exhibition is the first devoted to this critically acclaimed but under-recognized aspect of his work. After receiving a B.A. in physical science in 1948 at Cornell University, Artschwager turned to art and studied in New York on the G.I Bill for a year with the French cubist painter, Amedee Ozenfant. His work is in innumerable collections and has been the subject of a number of major museum exhibitions.

This exhibition was organized by the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York with exhibition sponsorship by the Friends of the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center Exhibition Fund.

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