Richard Artschwager - Editions & Works on Paper New York Tuesday, October 24, 2023 | Phillips

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  •  “I use visual perception as a way of bringing people into my space.”
    —Richard Artschwager


    Bolted to the corner of a wall, Corner is suspended in an unpredictable space of the gallery, forgoing typical sculptural placement on a pedestal, wall, or floor. A sense of compression is conveyed through the angular, bent shape of this multiple, as though the corner of the room itself is somehow bearing pressure upon its form. This illusionary effect makes the viewer aware of the space in a new way, making it almost palpable, nearly personifying the room into an active player in the artwork’s form. Such illusion is mirrored in Artschwager’s use of Formica, a laminate composite material that imitates the appearance of wood, continuing the duality of material reality and fantasy that pervades the conceptual framework of Artschwager’s oeuvre.


    Artschwager's multiples offer visual and analytical contradictions, subversively engaging simultaneously with the vernaculars of Pop, Minimalism, and Conceptualism: the Pop derivation from utilitarian objects, the Minimal application of industrial materials, and the Conceptual impulse to engage with the ideological structures of language. Twisting established dichotomies of artistic and industrial production, Artschwager blurs the line between what is faux versus real, handmade versus manufactured, functional versus useless, and ordinary object versus high art.

    • Literature

      Ars Publicata, Richard Artschwager, 1992.02



Formica multiple with chrome plated steel and red paint.
35 1/4 x 14 3/4 x 4 3/8 in. (89.5 x 37.5 x 11.1 cm)
Signed, dated and numbered 22/30 in black ink on the reverse (there were also 8 artist's proofs), published by Brooke Alexander Editions, New York.

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$8,000 - 12,000 

Sold for $5,080

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Editions & Works on Paper

New York Auction 24-26 October 2023