Richard Artschwager Table and Chair 1963–4

Artwork details

Artist
Richard Artschwager 1923 – 2013
Title
Table and Chair
Date 1963–4
Medium Melamine and wood
Dimensions Object: 755 x 1320 x 952 mm
object: 1143 x 438 x 533 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1983
Reference
T03793

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Artschwager’s sculptures are neither real, functional objects nor straightforward representations. They aim to call our attention to their nature as illusions. Artschwager has described them as ‘useful furniture with an overlay of representation’. This refers to his technique of applying the conventions used to depict form and space in illusionistic painting to three-dimensional objects. In this sculpture, the wood-grain and coloured plastic laminate are used to outline the forms of the table and chair and the empty areas around their legs or seat.

September 2004