The astonishing life of artist Richard Artschwager found him studying microbiology, prosecuting war criminals, making furniture and carving out a wholly unique art career. Although he studied under Amédée Ozenfant, a cubist painter, he might never have become an artist had it not been for a ruinous fire at his cabinet-making studio.
His commercial career as a producer of furniture led him to create sculptures and multiples that explored… Read more
About the artwork
An empty wooden frame, Artschwager's Mirror radiates the distinct lack of purpose with which the artist often instills his sculptural objects. The structure hangs silently on the wall, framing nothingness. Yet on closer inspection the piece does in fact act as a mirror of sorts. It reflects our expectations as viewers of art that the subject matter and sense of the piece will reside within the borders of its frame as well as our assumption that a title will explain the artwork itself. In disregarding the norms and standards we impose on art production and presentation, Artschwager causes us to question their validity. Mirror is a prime example of this subversive practice, brilliantly encapsulating the artist’s process as a whole.
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