Richard Artschwager
Door/Door II 1984–5

Artwork details

Artist
Richard Artschwager 1923–2013
Title
Door/Door II
Date 1984–5
Medium Wood
Dimensions Displayed: 2065 x 3460 x 310 mm, cases weigh 67kg/225kg/220kg.
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Janet Wolfson de Botton 1996
Reference
T07141
Not on display

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Artschwager’s furniture sculptures take the appearance of functional objects, while emphasising their own lack of function. The sculpture is made using painted wood and
Formica, a cheap material employed by furniture makers and decorators to imitate the surface of wood. Artschwager has related his use of Formica to the collage techniques of Picasso and Braque, encouraging the viewer to see such materials simultaneously as objects in themselves and as mimetic representations of something else. Artschwager began to make art based on furniture in the early 1960s, when he was associated with Pop.

February 2011

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