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Richard Artschwager

Untitled (1000 Cubic Inches), 1996

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Plywood and pine with steel hardware,
Ed. 60/XL, signed and numbered
No. 1 ed. 1–12/60
No. 2 ed. 13–24/60
No. 3 ed. 25–36/60
No. 4 ed. 37–48/60
No. 5 ed. 49–60/60

1000 cubic inches of space for your favorite ghosts—towering or flat, slanted or straight—they lie nestled and safe, inaccessible to unimaginative souls.


“What is American about Artschwager’s objects goes beyond analogy—and there is more to it than the aggressive way they display their surface textures. Whether Formica or fiberboard, flowing grain or rigid pattern, their surfaces appear hermetic. Their sheer size further reinforces their presence as pure surface…They are like those organisms that have settled into extreme ecological niches, just below the boiling point of water, or in the anaerobic ocean depths. That is the kind of position that Artschwager’s objects occupy in the realm of art objects: By scale and texture, they have one foot in the world of objects and one foot in the world of art.” Kurt W. Forster Parkett No. 46, 1996