Franz West, To Build a House You Start with the Roof: Work, 1972--2008

Overview

There is no easy way to define Franz West's art: it is fundamentally sculptural in its construction, veers frequently toward the biomorphic and prosthetic, mines the intellectualism of Freud and Wittgenstein, and possesses an awkward beauty that speaks with equal fluency to the tradition of painterly abstraction and the aesthetics of trash art. West's distinctive vision has resulted in one of the most remarkable bodies of work produced since the 1960s. This book, with more than 160 color images, offers a ...

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Overview

There is no easy way to define Franz West's art: it is fundamentally sculptural in its construction, veers frequently toward the biomorphic and prosthetic, mines the intellectualism of Freud and Wittgenstein, and possesses an awkward beauty that speaks with equal fluency to the tradition of painterly abstraction and the aesthetics of trash art. West's distinctive vision has resulted in one of the most remarkable bodies of work produced since the 1960s. This book, with more than 160 color images, offers a comprehensive look at West's work from the 1970s to the present. Aunique blend of illustration, essays, interviews, and artist's pages, it accompanies a major retrospective organized by The Baltimore Museum of Art, and includes a new piece created specifically for the exhibition. Emerging from Vienna's confrontational performance art scene led by the Actionists during the 1960s, West believed from the beginning that physical engagement is an essential function of the art experience. This is clear both in his Adaptives (Paßstück) series (begun in 1974), human-scaled sculptures made of plaster to be held and worn by museum visitors, and in his later installations incorporating cabinets, tables, and chairs. Interaction is no less a premise in West's more recent large-scale outdoor sculptures: a series of brightly painted aluminum works adorning public plazas throughout Europe and the United States. The book mixes intense visual content with critical commentary, an interview with the artist, a concentrated section on West's working methods, an artist's response to the work through words and images, and an extensive chronology and bibliography.

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"This catalogue of [Franz West"s] recent retrospective at the Baltimore Museum of Art is rich and illuminating and includes a saucy essay by Rachel Harrison and Eric Banks that attests to West's forceful influence on the "unmonumentalist" sprawl of contemporary sculpture." CanadianArt
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262012508
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 11/30/2008
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Darsie Alexander is Senior Curator of Contemporary Art at The Baltimore Museum of Art. TomEccles is Executive Director of the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College. Rachel Harrison is an artist who lives and works in New York City and Eric Banks is former editor-in-chief ofBookforum.

Darsie Alexander is Senior Curator of Contemporary Art at The Baltimore Museum of Art. TomEccles is Executive Director of the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College. Rachel Harrison is an artist who lives and works in New York City and Eric Banks is former editor-in-chief ofBookforum.

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Table of Contents


Lenders to the exhibition 9 Foreword Doreen Bolger Bolger, Doreen 21 Acknowledgements Darsie Alexander Alexander, Darsie 25 Introduction Darise Alexander Alexander, Darise 41 Franz West: What to do? Darsie Alexander Alexander, Darsie 49 Atelier Franz West Tom Eccles Eccles, Tom 128 Hostess with the mostess Rachel Harrison Harrison, Rachel Eric Banks Banks, Eric 173 Chronology Holly Kohler Kohler, Holly 245 Bibliography 263 Checklist of the exhibition 274 Index 286
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