Franz West - New Sculptures and Installations
Oct 26 - Nov 30, 1996

Franz West, who is now widely considered to be one of Europe's most important contemporary sculptors, has been showing steadily since the mid-seventies. He has never limited himself to a specific medium or mode of expression in his work. He has embraced a variety of media - from drawings to sculptures, to single-channel videos, to room-size installations. However, two aspects of his oeuvre have been especially characteristic: his interest in the autonomous sculpture and his investigation in works of art that are interactive. Over the years he has continually blurred the dividing line between the work of art and everyday life. His "PaBstucke" white sculptures that can be taken off their pedestals and handled by the viewer are now a part of art history; his trademark furniture has expanded our definition of contemporary sculpture.

Art - the people who make it and the places it is shown in - have been a continuous point of departure for West's work. Free of any moral or political agenda, his most powerful tools have been the poetic gesture and its effect on the psychology of the viewer.

---text courtesy of the David Zwirner Gallery

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