PRINT November 2000


With the nearing of the new century, Richard Artschwager made a double return, both to his teenage years in New Mexico and to his art of the 1950s, the period before he hit on the vein that he has mined to such rich effect for forty years. After serving in the army during World War II, Artschwager had gone back and forth between art classes, a roster of short-lived jobs, and, finally, the design and construction of furniture, a trade that would leave its mark. Meanwhile, though, he had regularly revisited New Mexico, and both there and at home in New York he had produced drawings and abstract paintings based on the western landscape. Some of these appeared in Artschwager’s first show, in 1959, but he didn’t pursue this direction. In fact, as he remarked to me this spring, describing the Southwest-ish landscapes now emerging, “These are the first since then—there’s a kind of nostalgia

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