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Question Mark (2001)
49 x 38.5 cms
Edition of 175
Hand signed and numbered by the artist
One of the key artistic figures of post-war American art, in 1996 Artschwager began constructing the first of a long series of sculptures that repeatedly reproduced several punctuation signs from written language. This limited edition depicts the question mark, but entirely removed from it's context as piece of punctuation. Hovering alone on the paper, the mark has been transformed into a physical object, a hairy form - with a shadow! Artschwager's piece combines elements of surrealism, pop and conceptual art with a light-hearted wit, whilst maintaining the emotional and exclamatory weight of the question mark's original interrogative purpose.
Artschwager's exhibition at the Serpentine in 2001 included pieces from his early furniture-like objects and marble-effect Formica pieces of the 1960s, to his seminal blps – black lozenge-shaped objects that often appear in surprising places – to more painterly images on textured surfaces.
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