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Richard Artschwager 'Table and Chair'

Narrator: Richard Artschwager made 'Table and Chair' in 1963 to 4. Jeremy Lewison of the Tate considers how the work can be seen.

Although it looks like a table and chair, it isn't a table and chair. You can't get your feet under the chair, it's a solid block. You can't get you feet under the table, it's a solid block. At the same time, a chair and a table are depicted by means of the colouring of the Formica, which is the surface he has used. There's a dialogue going on between the illusory and the real. At the same time, there's a dialogue going on between Artschwager and Cubism, because some of the Formica has the appearance of wood-grain. Which is the same thing that the Cubists did, they either painted wood-grain or used printed papers which had a wood-grain appearance, in order to give the impression or the illusion that wood-grain was within the painting or the collage itself. Artschwager is playing all the time with your perceptions of what is real and what is illusory.