September 8–November 4, 2006
Monika Sprüth Philomene Magers are pleased to present sculptures by the American artist Richard Artschwager from the years 1961 to 2006.
Since the early 1960s, Richard Artschwager, born in Washington D.C. in 1923, creates sculpture evoking associations with common place objects such as furniture and household appliances. Firstly these works were shown at Leo Castelli, New York in 1965 and have attained greatest international recognition since then.
For the first time in art history, Richard Artschwager uses do-it-yourself materials like Formica and Celotex becoming exemplary for future artist generations.
The exhibition is surely dominated by crates – objects that resemble shipping crates, made of untreated pinewood, carefully fabricated, reinforced and screwed. Irritating the viewer with their specific form, they seem to refer to a content inside the crate, however the packaging is the content. Thus Artschwager plays with the spacial atmosphere of the gallery presenting the crates like art objects.