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    Sale 5396

    Post War & Contemporary Art

    11 December 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 397

    Richard Artschwager (b. 1923)

    Walter's Index

    Price Realised  


    Richard Artschwager (b. 1923)
    Walter's Index
    signed, titled and dated 'Artschwager Walter's Index '76' (on the support)
    acrylic on celotex in artist's frame
    17¼ x 15¼ x 1½in. (43.8 x 38.7 x 3.2cm.)
    Executed in 1976

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    Anders Tornberg Gallery, Lund.

    Pre-Lot Text

    Richard Artschwager is interested in reason developed in physical space as a light skimming of the flux of experience, occasionally supplementing or grafting into the net of instincts. In art-making, any such skimmings are stirred back into flux to increase their potency. You see this in art made 30 millinia ago and also 30 days ago. Nothing is thrown away. Editing, pruning, distillation, abridgement in general, are for the most part foreign to it, but integral to reason as embodied in language-that Procrustean practice.

    (R. Artschwager, Art and Reason, Parkett, no. 23, March 1990).