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Richard Artschwager: "Up and Down / Back and Forth"

Up and Down / Back and Forth is what Richard Artschwager has entitled his exhibition which was first to be seen at the Deutsche Guggenheim Berlin and can now be viewed at the Museum moderner Kunst - Wörlen Foundation in Passau. 45 drawings, sculptures, paintings, and multiples created between 1965 and 2003 created by the artist, who will be celebrating his eightieth birthday this year, can be seen in the exhibition. Along with the works from the collection of the Deutsche Bank, private loans will also be on display. In choosing Richard Artschwager, Deutsche Bank has elected one of the most prominent American painters and sculptors to be their artist of the fiscal year.

Richard Artschwager:
Portrait II, 1963
©VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2003
Richard Artschwager:
Chair, 1963
©VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2003


Thinking in pictures. How do we recognize a table? How can we reproduce it graphically? When does a table become a sculpture? Richard Artschwager's art is about perceiving and representing the ways we see. The artist is interested not in objects themselves but in the ways we interpret and use them in different contexts. His work with pictures and objects is based, as he himself says, "on the relationship between the object, its producer/consumer, and the common space they lay claim to."

Up and Down / Back and Forth – Perception is not one-dimensional; it implies communication. In Artschwager's oeuvre, drawing, sculpture, and painting are autonomous genres whose form and content are nevertheless mutually interrelated: "Sculpture is something to be touched, painting is for the eye. I wanted to create sculpture for the eye and paintings that asked to be touched."

Richard Artschwager:
Hair Wall Piece, 1967-69
©VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2003
Richard Artschwager:
Falling Man, 1998
©VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2003

The exhibition, curated by Dr. Ariane Grigoteit, is accompanied by a catalogue (in German and English language) containing essays by Ariane Grigoteit, Gerhard Mack, Ingrid Schaffner, and John Yau. And an exclusive edition will once again be available for purchase at the Deutsche Guggenheim in a limited, signed edition of 100: Richard Artschwager's etching Ta, Wi, Mi, Do, Ru, and Ba , made in 2002.

The exhibition Up and Down / Back and Forth can still be viewed until February 1st 2004 at the Museum Moderner Kunst – Wörlen Foundation in Passau.

On the occasion of his 80th birthday, the Staatliche Grafische Sammlung in Munich shows works on paper by Richard Artschwager, spanning over 30 years, since December 10 2003. Guests had the opportunity to meet the artists who lives in Hudson/New York at the opening of the exhibition. For further information on Richard Artschwager, please click here to read an interview with the artist.