Peter Fischli & David Weiss

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"Peter Fischli and David Weiss are Swiss artists who first began working together in the late 1970s. Their sculpture, video and photographic works all generate a unique atmosphere of concentration and relaxed pleasure. The mood of the work ranges from the humorous - a clay figure group of 1981, for example, entitled Mick Jagger and Brian Jones going home satisfied after composing 'I Can't Get No Satisfaction' - to the banal - a photographic series devoted to Airports - and even the apparently invisible - their Untitled installation simulating,
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"Peter Fischli and David Weiss are Swiss artists who first began working together in the late 1970s. Their sculpture, video and photographic works all generate a unique atmosphere of concentration and relaxed pleasure. The mood of the work ranges from the humorous - a clay figure group of 1981, for example, entitled Mick Jagger and Brian Jones going home satisfied after composing 'I Can't Get No Satisfaction' - to the banal - a photographic series devoted to Airports - and even the apparently invisible - their Untitled installation simulating, through minutely detailed polyurethane sculptures, an unfinished exhibition site." "While Fischli and Weiss occupy the international art world's most prestigious levels - representing Switzerland at the 1995 Venice Biennale and returning eight years later to win the Leone d'Oro prize for their slideshow Will Happiness Find Me? - they remain an unpredictable force at the very cutting edge of new art. This is the first true monograph on this extraordinary pair, who have exhibited worldwide, and whose solo exhibitions include the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (1992), the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (1988), and Tate Modern, London (2006)." In his Survey, French critic and curator Robert Fleck looks at Fischli and Weiss' ability to resist conventional artistic categories, crossing fluidly between sculpture, installation, photography and the moving image. In the Interview Swiss critic Beate Sontgen discusses with the artists notions of sincerity and illusion, and examines the question of how literally viewers are asked to read their work. Noted art critic and leading authority on Fischli and Weiss Professor Arthur C. Danto examines in the Focus the immensely popular The Way Things Go, offering a new perspective on this well-known film. For Artists' Choice Fischli and Weiss have chosen a text by Robert Walser on the pleasure of walking that mirrors their own meanderings. Artists' Writings include unpublished scripts
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780714843230
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2005
  • Series: Contemporary Artists Ser.
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 11.37 (h) x 0.75 (d)

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  • Posted January 22, 2009

    retrospective of art work of team of imaginative Swiss artists

    Fischli and Weiss are Swiss artists who have been working as a team since the late 1970s in the fields of sculpture, video, and photography. Over this time, their works have been unpredictable--and not only because they work in the different fields. Their subjects, style, and effects have been unpredictable. The team has a fertile imagination which can result in photographs that are straightforward shots of airplanes at arrivals or take-off areas to sculptures with biological forms to constructions with unexpectedly mixed familiar objects (e. g., wheels, bottles, plastic containers). 'Fashion Show' from the artists' 'Fashion Series' is a work of delightful comedy with dressed up sausages, as it were at the other extreme, 'Skull' is an unforgettable macabre piece, even with its somewhat psychedelic colors. Each work is unique yet many would not necessarily be identifiable as a Fischli-Weiss work were it not credited to them in a book or exhibition. The two can let ideas run away on their own, so to speak and oftentimes, they are simply having too much fun or become too absorbed in doing a work for any trace of self-consciousness. Despite the apparently boundless extent of ideas, materials, techniques, and effects, there is in the works as a whole the notion of the incomprehensible diversity and the undeniable presence of things in contemporary life. The physical, sometimes with its offshoot of the sensual, preoccupies not only the cultural space, but also the psyche. By skilled formatting, including color photographs of changing sizes and irregular placement following no timeline, this art book conveys the diverse sources and open-ended play and concept of the art work of more than two decades of the pair of Swiss artists. Along with the three essays by leading art critics is also an interview with Fischli and Weiss.

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