Chair/Chair

1990
Richard Artschwager (American, 1923–2013)


Dimensions

99.1 x 104.1 x 127 cm (39 x 41 x 50 in.)

Accession Number

1990.497

Medium or Technique

Chair of wood; oak, Formica, steel and cowhide

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Contemporary Art

Classifications

Sculpture

Richard Artschwager acknowledges the Pop, Minimal and Conceptual movements of the 1960s and 1970s with humor in his work. Artschwager ran his own furniture factory in the early 1960s, an experience that remains central to his art making. His preference for everyday objects and industrial materials, such as formica, is a direct response to Pop art. Examples of his furniture are finely crafted sculptures, simultaneously mimicking real objects and betraying their identity as artistic creations. The folding chair is also a provocative arrangement of natural materials in a seductive configuration.

Provenance

The artist; with Harcus Gallery, Boston, 1990; to MFA, Boston, 1990

Credit Line

NEA Purchase Plan and Ernest Wadsworth Longfellow Fund

Copyright

© Richard Artschwager / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.