Robert Therrien

Robert Therrien

Works on Paper

This richly illustrated catalog showcases Robert Therrien’s drawings and prints.



Title Information

Edited by Kunstmuseum Basel, Department of Prints and Drawings. Essay by Christian Müller

1st edition

, 2008

Text English and German


192 pages, 49 color illustrations

20 x 28 cm

ISBN 978-3-85881-217-9


The California-based artist Robert Therrien (*1947) has been renowned since the 1980s for his imposing sculptures and installations. But he has also built up a rich oeuvre of paintings, drawings, prints, collages, and photography, and this exhibition catalog from the Kunstmuseum Basel showcases the full and fascinating range of his work on paper.

Represented in the permanent collections of museums worldwide, including the Tate Modern, the Centre Georges Pompidou, and MoMA, the works of Robert Therrien are enigmatically complex and elude classification. Robert Therrien now reveals the compelling power of Therrien’s art, demonstrating how he draws upon everyday subjects such as dishware and furniture, architectural elements, and other unique inspirations to create his art. An in-depth essay by Christian Miller considers how the subtlety and humor of Therrien’s works emerge from their spare simplicity and the precision of the objects’ physical arrangement and appearance.

Richly illustrated and unprecedented in its comprehensive breadth, Robert Therrien is a welcome addition to the shelves of collectors and historians of contemporary art.

Robert Therrien was published to coincide with an exhibition at the Kunstmuseum Basel.

Authors & Editors

Christian Müller