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Richard Artschwager

Mary Boone Gallery | Chelsea

I’m sorry I no longer have my Richard Artschwager multiple, but I’m glad I still have the crate it came in. It’s a beautiful piece of work; I remember how, when I first opened it, its screws seemed to levitate with almost uncanny smoothness, to glide upward at the merest touch of a screwdriver.

Apparently Artschwager too has noticed the esthetic satisfactions of a well-made crate: that’s the guise assumed by his latest sculpture—21 untitled works from 1994. The crowded installation transformed the gallery into a sort of ultrarefined warehouse. But these were not the simple rectangular shapes of standard wood and plywood crates, no matter what the configuration of what’s in them. Instead, Artschwager’s crates are of an irregular format, as though announcing the structures of their supposed contents, which could well have been some of Artschwager’s earlier sculptural works. The effect—as is

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