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Net Art's Archival Poetics at the New Museum Ocula Report Net Art's Archival Poetics at the New Museum 23 Feb 2019 : Banyi Huang for Ocula

How should net art be classified, historicised, and exhibited, when time has elapsed between its initial production and its latter presentation? On view at the New Museum from 22 January to 26 May 2019, The Art Happens Here: Net Art's Archival Poetics presents 16 seminal artworks from Net Art Anthology, an ambitious two-year initiative undertaken...

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Xi Bei Ocula Conversation Xi Bei Artistic Director, Times Art Center Berlin

Times Art Center Berlin is a non-profit art institution located in the Potsdamer Strasse Art District of Berlin. It was founded in July 2018 by the Guangdong Times Museum, a non-profit private art museum in the Pearl River Delta (PRD) region of China, making this the first parallel institution founded overseas by an Asia-based art museum. Its...

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4th Kochi-Muziris Biennale: Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life Ocula Report 4th Kochi-Muziris Biennale: Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life 15 Feb 2019 : Natalie King for Ocula

'Poems are like sentences that have taken their clothes off.' Marlene Dumas' poetic and sensual refrain accompanies her figurative watercolours on view in Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life, the fourth edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB) in the southern state of Kerala, India (12 December 2018–29 March 2019).Dumas' new series...

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Richard Artschwager

(1923 - 2013), USA

Richard Artschwager made art—sculpture, painting, drawings and other objects—beginning in the early 1950s. In his early career he was an apprentice to a cabinetmaker and produced simple pieces of furniture. After a fire at the workshop at the end of the 1950s, he began making sculptures using discarded industrial materials, and then expanded his practice into drawing, painting, site specific installations and photography. His first exhibition was at the Art Directions Gallery in New York in 1959, followed by a number of solo exhibitions with Leo Castelli in 1965.

Artschwager 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. Artschwager's approach focused on the structures of perception, striving to conflate the world of images, which can be apprehended but not physically grasped, and the world of objects, which is the same space that we ourselves occupy. His most recent work marks a departure, in that the images he had composed from sources in popular culture have overt, if deadpan, allusions to current political issues.

His work has been included in several important exhibitions, including two major retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York in 1988 and 2012. Artschwager died in February, 2013.

Featured Artworks

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Untitled (Pony Ride) by Richard Artschwager contemporary artwork Richard ArtschwagerUntitled (Pony Ride), 2006 Charcoal and pastel on paper
63.5 x 95.9 cm
Xavier Hufkens
Time Piece by Richard Artschwager contemporary artwork Richard ArtschwagerTime Piece, 1989 Formica and enamel on wood, aluminium and clock mechanism
64.8 x 59.4 x 13.2 cm
Krakow Witkin Gallery
Supper by Richard Artschwager contemporary artwork Richard ArtschwagerSupper, 1981 Acrylic on celotex
138.4 x 144.1 cm
Simon Lee Gallery
Cat person by Richard Artschwager contemporary artwork Richard ArtschwagerCat person, 2009 Acrylic, chalk and pastel on hmp on sound board
93.4 x 65 x 5.8 cm
Xavier Hufkens
Woman with Cat by Richard Artschwager contemporary artwork Richard ArtschwagerWoman with Cat, 2007 Acrylic on fiberpanel
118.5 x 124 cm
Xavier Hufkens
Double Stretch by Richard Artschwager contemporary artwork Richard ArtschwagerDouble Stretch, 1990 Acrylic on celotex and wood
133.4 x 231.8 x 7.6 cm
Sprüth Magers
Mrs Bridge by Richard Artschwager contemporary artwork Richard ArtschwagerMrs Bridge, 2009 Acrylic, pastel and chalk on handmade paper, on sound board
92.1 x 64.1 cm
Sprüth Magers
Self portrait with green background by Richard Artschwager contemporary artwork Richard ArtschwagerSelf portrait with green background, 2009 Acrylic, pastel and chalk on handmade paper, on sound board
94 x 67.3 cm
Sprüth Magers

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Show, Time Talks at Krakow Witkin Gallery, Boston
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30 June–27 July 2018 Group Show Time Talks Krakow Witkin Gallery, Boston
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Screen Memory at Simon Lee Gallery, London
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10 February–11 March 2017 Group Exhibition Screen Memory Simon Lee Gallery, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Richard Artschwager, Portraits! at Sprüth Magers, Berlin
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27 April–22 June 2013 Richard Artschwager Portraits! Sprüth Magers, Berlin

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Bob Monk Ocula Conversation Bob Monk

Born in 1923 to European immigrants in Washington D.C., Richard Artschwager is a sculptor and painter known for his enigmatic and idiosyncratic style that straddles various movements, yet belongs to none. He studied biology and mathematics at Cornell University and, after a stint in the army in World War II, pursued art as an interest while...

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In Related Press

Richard Artschwager: Primary Sources and Self-Portraits and the American Southwest Related Press Richard Artschwager: Primary Sources and Self-Portraits and the American Southwest The Brooklyn Rail : 13 February 2019

While critics have argued that Richard Artschwager was an artist whose works alternated between Pop, Minimalism, and Conceptual Art, there was little doubt he possessed his own singularity removed from the fray. Whether he chose to work with bewildering banal subject matter or media references to sex and violence, Artschwager maintained the...

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