High Line Art has partnered with the Whitney Museum of American Art to present a series of blps by acclaimed artist Richard Artschwager, in conjunction with the artist’s retrospective Richard Artschwager! at the Whitney. A group of blps have been installed in various locations on and around the High Line and are on view in tandem with the Whitney retrospective
Artschwager first created his blps – a word coined by the artist and pronounced “blips” – in the late 1960s. The blps were first installed at the University of California – Davis, then in Europe, and then throughout New York City, including on subways, building facades, and galleries. These public interventions consist of black or white lozenge-shaped marks that inspire focused looking, and draw attention to architecture, structures, and surfaces that usually go unnoticed. Artschwager’s blps have transformed art spaces and city streets for decades, creating an opportunity for the “useless looking” the artist has aspired to throughout his career.
As part of the retrospective at the Whitney, exhibition curator Jennifer Gross, in collaboration with High Line Art, has organized a project working with the artist that revisits this aspect of his practice. Artschwager has installed blps on and around the High Line, near the future downtown home of the Whitney Museum at the southern terminus of the High Line, at Gansevoort and Washington Streets, and the Whitney’s building uptown on Madison Avenue at East 75th Street. There, part of the exhibition reviews the history of the blp, including Artschwager’s 100 Locations, an installation of 100 blps that were placed around the Whitney Museum at the time of Artschwager’s appearance in the 1968 Whitney Annual Exhibition as well as other blp projects.
Photos by Austin Kennedy.