Richard Artschwager: Hair

Sep 10, 2010 - Jan 2, 2011

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Richard Artschwager, Hair, 2010. Installation view at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. Photo by Torno Brothers Photography.

Richard Artschwager, Hair, 2010. Installation view at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. Photo by Torno Brothers Photography.

 

Richard Artschwager, Hair, 2010. Installation views at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. Photo by Torno Brothers Photography.

 

Richard Artschwager, Hair, 2010. Installation views at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. Photo by Torno Brothers Photography.

 

Richard Artschwager, Hair, 2010. Installation view at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. Photo by Torno Brothers Photography.Richard Artschwager, Hair, 2010. Installation view at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. Photo by Torno Brothers Photography. Richard Artschwager, Hair, 2010. Installation views at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. Photo by Torno Brothers Photography. Richard Artschwager, Hair, 2010. Installation views at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. Photo by Torno Brothers Photography. 

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The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis is proud to present an exhibition of works by American artist Richard Artschwager, in the first focused look at the artist's exploration of rubberized horsehair. Working across all media, Artschwager has long specialized in the relationship between perception and deception. This exhibition focuses on a material he has used throughout his career to explore the tactility of the visual experience: rubberized horsehair. These unusual works, produced over a thirty-year period, depart from the crisp lines and sharp forms of his better-known Formica furniture works, blurring the clarity of sculptural form and throwing the object out of focus. They allow for what the artist has called a "perfect imprecision." A material commonly found in upholstery, rubberized horsehair is typically hidden from view underneath the soft edges of a sofa. Here, Artschwager reverses the relationship between an object and its raw materials, asking the inner-body of an object to become its own surface. His hairy silhouettes of life-size human figures seem to dance, float, climb, and rejoice; yet they remain faceless and out of reach. With forms that manage to be both recognizable and nameless at the same time, Artschwager complicates our sense of perception, rendering the accessible inaccessible.

Richard Artschwager: Hair is curated by Anthony Huberman and organized by the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.

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The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization. The Contemporary’s exhibitions, programming, and operations are member supported and privately funded through contributions from generous individuals, corporations, public funders, and foundations. Additional General Exhibition support is generously provided by the Whitaker Foundation; The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; William E. Weiss Foundation; Nancy Reynolds and Dwyer Brown; Missouri Arts Council, a state agency; Regional Arts Commission; Arts and Education Council; and members of the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.