New York

Richard Artschwager

Castelli Gallery | Uptown

In light of the recent infatuation with simulationist theories of art production and in the wake of his Whitney retrospective, Richard Artschwager’s work has moved from the margins of disparate artistic practices (Surrealism, Photorealism, Minimalism, and Pop) to the center of the esthetic and critical consciousness of the ’80s. It manifests a striking homogeneity of materials and ideas; tellingly, the recent objects do not look radically different from those of the early ’60s, so that Artschwager subverts the arcs and sways of artistic development and evacuates the notion of style. Still working obsessively with his signature materials, Formica and Celotex, he continues his strategic (dis)articulation of the distinctions between form and function, furniture and sculpture, sculpture and painting, use and uselessness. Suspension and inertia remain the controlling ideas.

Many of Artschwager’s

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