Los Angeles

Richard Artschwager

Gagosian | Beverly Hills

The fourteen new paintings in Richard Artschwager’s recent exhibition at Gagosian Gallery hardly comprise a series or even suggest a cohesive totality. Rather, a number of overlapping connections held the show together as Artschwager recycled from his archival treasure trove, often redeploying materials and motifs as sly sight gags and perceptual bluffs. In several works, for example, the artist borrows objects from his 1974 “Door Window Table Basket Mirror Rug” series, relocating the drawings’ woven basket into a distorted and slightly creepy dungeonlike interior in Walking Man, and isolating the “old” rug in a perceptual tug-of-war between flatness and perspectival depth in Rug II (both 2004). With the past clearly visible in his rearview mirror, Artschwager has arrived at several pictorial strategies that seem colorful, varied, weird, and wholly new.

Since the mid-1960s, Artschwager has

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