RICHARD ARTSCHWAGER’S LATE-CAREER NEW MEXICO DRAWINGS TAKE VIEWERS THROUGH THE PLAINS OF HIS YOUTH

Sprüth Magers’s Richard Artschwager exhibition, “New Mexico,” on view through June 30 at the gallery’s location in Berlin (where businesses began reopening late last month), features an assortment of pastel drawings that bring viewers along for a ride through the plains of the state where the artist spent his teenage years. Artschwager lived in New York City and its surroundings for most of his career, and made these drawings in the decade before his death, in 2013. All landscapes except for one still life—Bowl of Apples (2007), a pit stop, perhaps—the works are an understated, rarely seen coda to his adventurous and challenging output, which traversed painting, furniture design, and sculpture and rubbed up against the fields of Minimalism, Conceptual art, and Pop.

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