Franz West (Contemporary Artists)

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An introduction to the Viennese artist's work is accompanied by an interview, commentaries, and details about his most recent assemblies and sculptures.

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In 1995 the Austrian Franz West transformed the terraces of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles into a glorious salon, with ranks of metal sofas draped with bright African fabrics - a new kind of public art for weary museum visitors. Drawing inspiration from the history of art, psychoanalysis, and a socially interactive type of art, West's work is at once both personal and public. This text examines the artist's work, and discusses the influence of Freud and Wittgenstein. The book features an interview with West, and a concentration on his work "Etude de couleur". This was an important signpost for the artist's oeuvre of recent times. The artist himself also contributes writings, including a sculptural text constructed like one of his sculptures. The book is part of a series of studies of important artists of the late-20th century. Each title offers a comprehensive survey of the artist's work, providing analyses and multiple perspectives on contemporary art and its inspiration.

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Robert Fleck is Director of the Deichtorhallen in Hamburg. He has been working as an art critic and curator since 1981. From 1991-93 he was the Federal Curator for Austrian contemporary art, and in 1998 he co-curated Manifesta 2. From 2000-03 he was Director of ERBAN Fine Art School in Nantes. His books include Die Muhl-Kommune (2003) and Yves Klein (2004). Bice Curiger is Curator at Kunsthaus Zurich and the co-founder and Editor in Chief of Parkett. She wrote the definitive monograph Meret Oppenheim, A Retrospective (1989). Neal Benezra is Director of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He has written extensively on contemporary German sculpture for art journals such as Flash Art and Parkett.

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Book Description Phaidon Press Ltd, United Kingdom, 1999. Paperback. Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. Emerging from the 1960s generation of Viennese Aktionists, who used their own bodies in their art, Franz West (b.1947) is an internationally renowned Austrian artist who incorporates the bodies of his spectators into his work. Often inviting visitors to participate in or even wear his sculptures, West encourages us to explore our involvement in contemporary art and its presentations. The resulting works are not always aesthetically pleasing. His oddly-hued plaster forms called Passtucke (Adaptives) - ordinary objects wrapped in gauze and dipped in plaster - are sculptures to be worn by the viewer that contort the body into bizarre positions. His public works include his contribution to Documenta IX in 1992, in which he set out row after row of metal-framed couches, draped with rugs and fabrics, for public use in an open square behind the Fridericianum: a new kind of public art for weary museum visitors. Drawing inspiration from the history of art (reclining icons such as Manet s Olympia), psychoanalysis (Freud s sofa in West s native Vienna) and a socially interactive type of art, these works are at once both introvertedly personal and extrovertedly public. Austrian critic and curator Robert Fleck surveys West s work and discusses the influence of such thinkers as Freud and Wittgenstein. The founding editor of Europe s most influential contemporary art journal, Parkett, Bice Curiger interviews West in one of the artist s furniture installations. In the Focus, Assistant Director of Art and Public Programs at Washington D.C. s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Neal Benezra concentrates on West s Etude de couleur (1991), an important signpost for West s oeuvre of the past decade. West has chosen a text by Kathryn Norberg on the history of prostitutes, historical figures who, like artists, occupy an ambiguous public position in society. West s writings include a sculpture/text published here for the first time. Seller Inventory # AA99780714838250

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