Richard Artschwager -
Cerise, 2002
Acrylic, paper and wood
56 x 24 x 28-1/2 inches (142.2 x 60.1 x 72.4 cm)

Reception for the artist: Friday, April 5, 2002 6 – 8pm

Gagosian Gallery is pleased to announce Richard Artschwager's first solo exhibition since joining the gallery.

One of the most influential artists of our time, Artschwager is primarily known as a conceptual sculptor and painter. Artschwager's work mixes pictorial and object forms that challenge our perception of the two and three-dimensional image as seen in the two bodies of work that make up this exhibition.

The first series of Floor Works are comprised of Chairs-an object that Artschwager has studied since the early 1960s. The current series are Ls and Ts covered in black and white photographs, all portraits of various family members and friends. The chair by the artist's own words are "people surrogates." These frozen figures are both representational and abstract.

The second series of Wall Works is a group of wall-mounted sculptures, the inverse to the stoic chairs. These figurative silhouettes created with rubberized hair on masonite are soft and blurry with a unique tactile texture. These works manage to capture a figure's motion and energy-they climb, dive, dance and jump.

A retrospective exhibition organized by The Neues Museum in Nuremberg, the Serpentine Gallery in London and the Museum of Applied Arts in Vienna is currently on view in Vienna.

A fully illustrated catalogue with an essay by Lane Relyea will accompany the exhibition.