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RICHARD ARTSCHWAGER | Quotation Marks

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60,000 - 80,000 USD
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Description

  • Richard Artschwager
  • Quotation Marks
  • acrylic on Formica and wood, in 2 parts
  • each: 13 by 8 by 2 1/4 in. 33 by 20.3 by 5.7 cm.
  • Executed in 1966, this work is unique.

Provenance

Leo Castelli Gallery, New York 
Collection of Betty Asher, Beverly Hills (acquired from the above in 1979)
Collection of Michael Asher, Los Angeles (by descent from the above in 1994)
By descent from the above to the Michael Asher Foundation in 2013

Catalogue Note

“But it was purely as marks themselves—as special punctuation—that Artschwager began to employ them in elemental shapes of black painted wood...originally conceived as gigantically enlarged drawing marks—accents—they assumed independent life and validity…they could be seen as abstracted punctuation or even as odd musical notations. Terse, arresting, and enigmatic, they seem quintessentially Arstchwager.” Richard Armstrong in Exh. Cat., New York, Whitney Museum of American Art, Artschwager, Richard, New York 1988, pp. 34-35  

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