THE ARTWORK OF RICHARD HEIPP
REFLECTIONS ON MUSEUMS (2019)
Heipp has become keenly aware how the structure of the museum institution and the subsequent systems of display has as much to do with how we interpret the artwork as the actual object itself. Whether seeing artwork in the clean, modern white box gallery or viewing it in the lavish surroundings of a palace like the Louvre, the art objects and artifacts are profoundly altered through this viewing modality. Through Heipp’s vision, photographic capture layered through reinterpretation, and subsequent translation into painting, art objects are reimagined and recontextualized. Heipp’s intention is for these paintings to be seen not simply as pictures, but as contemplative, carefully constructed, and crafted evocative “new” objects.