Barry Schwabsky on Koons
Daily Pic: An untitled sculpture from 1994 by Richard Artschwager, now on view as part of the Emily Fisher Landau gift to the Whitney Museum of American Art. Artschwager is one of the most neglected artists of the Pop art generation, possibly because his work sometimes comes too close to design for certain critics’ comfort, and has also ranged too widely. Here Artschwager presents a museum packing crate that’s so well made it’s almost Platonic, and declares it the work of art itself. The crate’s cruciform shape gives it strong roots in the Christian tradition at the origins of Western art, then updates it for an industrial age.
I love how Artschwager’s crates are so overbuilt, there’s hardly room for an art work inside. It is almost as though the care and expense spent moving a piece might be just as much a marker of its worth as any other qualities it might have.
(© 2011 Richard Artschwager / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York)
ceramic sculptures, set of 34, dimensions variable
Sleeping in the order of the slowing of time
A pillow that has only been slept on by the botanist Dr. Dorit Väth. A pillow that only the archiologist Dr. Britta Rabe has slept on – and a pillow that has only been slept on by Dr. Gretta Alteby, a tectonic geophysicist