Richard Artschwager

14 December 2017 – 21 July 2018 

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco.


Richard Artschwager’s mercurial paintings and sculptures pair strange and familiar materials to confound visual perception. This focused presentation shows the range of Artschwager’s investigations in paintings, objects, furniture, and works on paper.

Richard Artschwager, Single Dinner, 1988 © Estate of Richard Artschwager/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.


By creating surprising overlaps between three-dimensional objects and illusionistic representation, these works collapse the categories that distinguish furniture, decoration and art. Among the highlights of this presentation are seminal early works such as Portrait of Holly (1967–68) and Table and Chair (1962–63). Also on view will be Artschwager’s Single Dinner (1988), a sculpture that resembles a modern dinette for one — except that the surfaces are covered in rubberized hair.


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