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Richard Artschwager dies, aged 89

The New York painter and sculptor defied categorisation

Richard Artschwager

The New York painter and sculptor Richard Artschwager died Saturday 9 February, aged 89, after suffering a stroke. Artschwager’s art defied categorisation, mixing media and blending elements of Pop art and Minimalism early in his career. The New York Times quotes him as saying: “Sculpture is for the touch, painting is for the eye. I wanted to make a sculpture for the eye and a painting for the touch.” He continued to create new work up to his death. A retrospective of the artist had just closed at the Whitney Museum of American Art while a show of his portraits is due to open at Sprüth Magers London gallery 14 February.

One of Artschwager’s longest running series is his “blps” (pronounced “blips”), generic, black, oblong shapes that he would stencil, paint or place as decals on random spots to draw attention to a space. A number of such “blps” were recently installed in and around the High Line in New York to coincide with his Whitney retrospective.

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