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Claus Richter, To Do Bear (1–2) (detail), 2017, steel, fabric, motor, wood, rubber, plastic, 110 1/4 × 27 1/2 × 27 1/2".

Claus Richter

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Claus Richter, To Do Bear (1–2) (detail), 2017, steel, fabric, motor, wood, rubber, plastic, 110 1/4 × 27 1/2 × 27 1/2".

“Everything I do here I do with pleasure, and I admit I’m a bit ashamed of that,” says the Cologne-based artist Claus Richter. And a visit to his exhibition “Living in another world” offered a similar experience of guilty pleasure. I laughed at the kitschy plastic orchids in his Singing flowers/Omi Ursula (all works 2017), which hop up and down while singing in what sounds like a squeaky girl’s voice (actually the artist’s), and at the robot in Your little helper (Robot). The latter is a beat-up R2-D2–like mechanical butler whose loose wires hang out of its insides and which kept assuring me, with breathless evangelical fervor, in German, “I’ll be right there”—despite the fact that it seems ready to completely fall apart at any moment. I smiled at the red noses on the cuddly bears in To-Do-Bear (1-2), who sit with their legs dangling over the edges of tall plinths, each

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