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Richard Artschwager

Hair Box, 1990

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Paint on rubberized hair, wood backing,
10 x 15 x 5” (25,4 x 38 x 13 cm),
Ed. 100/XX, signed and numbered

Industrial topiary. An enclosing wall, a jutting ledge, a dark fibrous recess that only the hand can enter: the impact of the uncanny makes this box a surrealist object for the modern age.


“An Artschwager chair is a chair distilled to its platonic essence, all trace of ornamentation edited and pruned away, abridged to the intellectual state of chairhood, part of a kit through which we teach the meanings of ‘chair’ and ‘table.’” Arthur C. Danto Parkett No. 23, 1990