MUSEUM STUDIES:

THE ARTWORK OF RICHARD HEIPP

 

SALON WALL

Richard Heipp’s Salon Wall brings together two different traditions of display in the history of art. Salon recalls a mode of display that originated in 18th century France and was first implemented by the Académie Royale de Peinture et du Sculpture (Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture). A salon wall would contain a myriad of paintings hung in close proximity to one another. The paintings would often occupy the entirety of the wall from the ground level to the ceiling. Heipp’s Salon Wall additionally evokes the cabinet of curiosities tradition. These cabinets were some of the earliest forms of collecting and display and were used by aristocrats to showcase their opulence and entertain guests. The cabinets would feature a collection of objects and artifacts often procured from one’s travels. Heipp’s Salon Wall presents an updated version of these traditions. It displays samplings from his entire arc of work beginning from his undergraduate studies to the present. Included in the installation are objects that pertain to Heipp’s practice as well as his works on paper. In contrast to Heipp’s large-scale paintings, the works on paper are smaller and are able to be completed in a shorter timeframe. Heipp creates these paper works in tandem with his paintings and describes them as a parallel to his larger artworks. Each exhibition of Salon Wall is unique in that it is arranged differently for every installation depending on the space it will occupy.