This exhibition is comprised of works from two private collections in New York City. The show focuses on the many sculptural editions Artschwager made over the years, including his unique ovular forms, entitled “Blips”, which were prevalent in the late 1970s and 1980s. The artist placed them in various locations around New York City, including subway platforms, buildings and smokestacks. His intention was to bring the public’s attention to surfaces and structures that usually go unnoticed. Also included in the exhibition is the original prototype for the “Preugunta” series and “Wooden Box with Five Drawers”.
Richard Artschwager is an artist whose work is considered Conceptual, Minimal and at times Pop. His work encompasses a wide range of unconventional materials, such as formica, wood, rubberized hair, linoleum, celotex and plexi-glass. All of these materials are included in this exhibition as well as a group of hand blown glass wall sculptures.
Born in 1923 in Washington D.C., Artschwager originally studied chemistry and mathematics at Cornell University. He later received a BA in physics. After becoming a furniture maker to support his family, his growing desire to make art was inspired by a commission from the Catholic Church to build portable altars for ships. He later went on to make installations, sculptures and paintings incorporating woodworking and combining it with varied materials. Furniture and architecture are a common theme throughout the artist’s oeuvre.
This exhibition runs concurrently with the Whitney Museums exhibition “Richard Artschwager!”: October 25th through February 3rd 2013.The gallery is open by appointment Mondays through Saturdays for this exhibition. For further information, please contact Elizabeth Heskin at (212) 967-4972.