Richard Artschwager, Description of Table, 1964, melamine laminate on plywood, 26 1/8 x 31 7/8 x 31 7/8".

New York

“Richard Artschwager!”

Whitney Museum of American Art
99 Gansevoort Street
October 25–February 3

Curated by Jennifer Gross

Long the odd man out of post-1960s art histories, Richard Artschwager has, for nearly five decades, synthesized various strains of contemporary practice—from Minimalism to Pop to appropriation—into an idiosyncratic oeuvre all his own. While Donald Judd was fabricating boxes and shelves out of industrial materials, Artschwager clad similar forms in Formica; years before Allan McCollum cast his surrogates, Artschwager was constructing similarly generic tableaux. This retrospective—containing roughly 120 works from all periods of the artist’s career and occasioning a catalogue with essays by the curator, Yale University Art Gallery’s Jennifer Gross; Cathleen Chaffee; Ingrid Schaffner; and Adam D. Weinberg—should put into clear view an artistic contribution that often eludes attention. Artschwager’s “blps,” for example, are often installed in overlooked places; but once you see them—as may be said of his practice at large—everything else is thrown into strange relief.