Franz West by Robert FleckFranz West by Robert Fleck

Franz West

byRobert Fleck

Paperback | June 7, 1999

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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 (reclining icons such as Manet's Olympia), psychoanalysis (Freud's sofa in West's native Vienna) and a socially interactive type of art, his work is at once both personal and public. As one of Europe's best-known sculptors, West is regularly invited to such major surveys as Skulptur Projekte in Munster and Documenta. He has gained particular recognition for incorporating the bodies of his spectators into his sculpture, producing oddly-hued forms called Passstucke ('adaptives') -- plaster sculptures designed to be worn, and which contort the wearer into bizarre positions.
Title:Franz WestFormat:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 11.5 × 10 × 0.75 inPublished:June 7, 1999Publisher:Phaidon PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:071483825X

ISBN - 13:9780714838250

Appropriate for ages: 13

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The idea behind Impressionism was to capture a single moment of life through a hasty, rough sketch, or an ‘impression.’ Though the works of artists like Renoir, Monet and This title is part of the Contemporary Artists series, which features comprehensive analyses of the work of important figures in 20th-century art. Franz West pays tribute to the Austrian artist whose work includes modern sculptures and ‘wearable’ plaster pieces. Like the other books in this series, it features a complete overview of the artist’s career, an exclusive interview and writings by the artist and selections from literature that influenced his work. More than 100 colour illustrations highlight West’s work, which is based on sociological concepts. This book includes a ‘sculptural text’ written by West, published here for the first time.