We'll disagree on his choice to leave New York to spend more time in the Southwest (“That atmosphere, that climate—it’s all poetry,” he told New York Magazine) but who knows what we'll be doing at that age. But by 89, Richard Artschwager has a body of work that merits retrospectives at the Whitney. In his words:
It’s a chance to see a body of work and make some pleasure for other people. You can make pleasure for oneself, but there is pleasure in making pleasure for other people too. There isn’t any art until some creature sees and consumes it. And has a reaction.
Go, consume, react.