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Richard Artschwager papers, 1959-2013

Artschwager, Richard Ernst, 1923-2013

Painter, Sculptor, Illustrator

This site provides access to the papers of Richard Ernst Artschwager in the Archives of American Art that were digitized in 2017, and total 8,296 images.

Funding for the digitization of this collection was provided by the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation.

Collection Information

Size: 5.6 Linear feet

Summary: The papers of New York painter and sculptor Richard Artschwager measure 5.6 linear feet and date from 1959-2013. The papers include extensive correspondence, recorded talks and a lecture, exhibition files, printed material, and photographs.

Biographical/Historical Note

Richard Artschwager (1923-2013) lived and worked in New York City and Hudson, New York and was known primarily for his paintings and sculptures. Artschwager was born in Washington, D.C. and grew up in New Mexico. As a youth, Artschwager showed a talent for drawing. He studied chemistry and mathematics at Cornell University. In 1944, Artschwager interrupted his studies to enlist in the U.S. Army. After the war, he returned to Cornell to complete his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1948. Encouraged by his first wife, Elfriede Wejmelka to develop his interest in art, Artschwager moved to New York to study at the Studio School of Amédée Ozenfant. His paintings and drawings from this period were featured in two group shows at the Terrain Gallery in 1957 and at the Art Directions Gallery on Madison Avenue in 1959, where they were recognized by Donald Judd.

Provenance

The collection was donated by Richard Artschwager and his wife Ann Artschwager in 2013.

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Language Note

The collection is in English, German, and Dutch. English; German; Dutch

Funding

Funding for the digitization of this collection was provided by the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation.