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Richard Artschwager

Door } . 1983-84

Door } . 1983-84

+ Guggenheim Bilbao

Artschwager plots a distinctive course between handcraft and industrialization, encompassing space as well as the objects and beings that inhabit it. He represented places, scenes from everyday life, and common objects such as tables, chairs, and dressers, interpreting them in ordinary, standardized industrial materials such as formica, Celotex, acrylic paint, and rubberized horsehair. Continue reading Richard Artschwager

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Kimber Smith

M.G.S. 1974

M.G.S. 1974

+ Cheim & Read

Smith’s canvases seem to distill art-making to its essentials, reconstructing the painted image from scratch. In his widely influential essay, “Provisional Painting,” published in May 2009 in Art in America, Raphael Rubinstein cited Smith, alongside Joan Miró and Martin Barré, as one of the precursors to a new approach to painting, a discipline Rubenstein suggests is, “in part, a struggle with a medium that can seem too invested in permanence and virtuosity.” Continue reading Kimber Smith