Hammer Museum opens Richard Artschwager! exhibition

Richard Artschwager!, the most comprehensive retrospective to date of the artist’s work, opens at the Hammer Museum June 15, 2013. The exhibition is organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art in association with the Yale University Art Gallery, and curated by Jennifer Gross, Seymour H. Knox, Jr. Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art, Yale University Art Gallery. The Hammer’s presentation is organized by senior curator Anne Ellegood. Following the presentation of Richard Artschwager! at the Hammer Museum, the exhibition will travel to the Haus der Kunst, Munich and the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco.

Richard Artschwager Untitled 1962 Acrylic on canvas. 45 1/2 x 61 in. (115.6 x 154.9 cm). Collection of Mrs. David Hermelin. © Richard Artschwager. Photo credit: Tim Thayer.

Richard Artschwager Untitled 1962 Acrylic on canvas. 45 1/2 x 61 in. (115.6 x 154.9 cm). Collection of Mrs. David Hermelin. © Richard Artschwager. Photo credit: Tim Thayer.


Richard Artschwager! features over 145 works spanning six decades, including sculptures, paintings, drawings, photographs, and prints. Often associated with Pop, Minimalism, and Conceptual art, his work never fit neatly into any of these categories. His artistic practice consistently explored questions regarding his own visual and physical engagement with the world; his objects straddle the line between illusion and reality. The exhibition reveals the artist’s prescience in his career-long commitment to exploring the profound effect photography and technology have had in transforming our engagement with the world. His work has responded to and challenged how these media—and our experience of things as images rather than as things in themselves—have shifted human experience from being rooted in primary physical experience to a knowledge mediated by secondary sources such as newspapers, television, and the Internet.

The exhibition explores the entire scope of the artist’s career and will be presented in Galleries 1 and 2 of the Hammer. For more than fifty years, Richard Artschwager (1923-2013) remained steadily at the forefront of contemporary art. He began making art in the 1950s, had his first one-person exhibition at the age of forty-two at the Leo Castelli Gallery in New York in 1965, and made his first appearance in a Whitney Annual in 1966.

For exhibition information call 310-443-7000 or visit www.hammer.ucla.edu.

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