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Franz West

Franz West, 4 Larvae (Lemur Heads), 2001 (detail) Lacquered aluminum, in 4 parts, overall dimensions variable, Stubenbrücke, Vienna© Archiv Franz West and © Estate Franz West

Franz West, 4 Larvae (Lemur Heads), 2001 (detail)

Lacquered aluminum, in 4 parts, overall dimensions variable, Stubenbrücke, Vienna
© Archiv Franz West and © Estate Franz West

Franz West, Meeting Point 1, 1999–2001 Lacquered aluminum on painted wood base, sculpture: 58 ⅝ × 58 ¼ × 110 ¼ inches (149 × 148 × 280 cm), base: 19 ⅝ × 98 ⅜ × 139 ¾ inches (50 × 250 × 355 cm)Installation view, Franz West: Meeting Points, Inverleith House, Royal Botanical Garden, Edinburgh, 2001© Archiv Franz West and © Estate Franz West

Franz West, Meeting Point 1, 1999–2001

Lacquered aluminum on painted wood base, sculpture: 58 ⅝ × 58 ¼ × 110 ¼ inches (149 × 148 × 280 cm), base: 19 ⅝ × 98 ⅜ × 139 ¾ inches (50 × 250 × 355 cm)
Installation view, Franz West: Meeting Points, Inverleith House, Royal Botanical Garden, Edinburgh, 2001
© Archiv Franz West and © Estate Franz West

Franz West, Corona, 2002 Lacquered aluminum, 196 ⅞ × 275 ⅝ × 275 ⅝ inches (500 × 700 × 700 cm)Installation view, Franz West: Drei Skulpturen im Aussenraum, Lake Zürich, June 11–September 10, 2006© Archiv Franz West and © Estate Franz West

Franz West, Corona, 2002

Lacquered aluminum, 196 ⅞ × 275 ⅝ × 275 ⅝ inches (500 × 700 × 700 cm)
Installation view, Franz West: Drei Skulpturen im Aussenraum, Lake Zürich, June 11–September 10, 2006
© Archiv Franz West and © Estate Franz West

Franz West, Sisyphos V, 2002 Papier-mâché, Styrofoam, cardboard, lacquer, and acrylic, 60 × 48 × 48 inches (152.4 × 121.9 × 121.9 cm)© Archiv Franz West and © Estate Franz West

Franz West, Sisyphos V, 2002

Papier-mâché, Styrofoam, cardboard, lacquer, and acrylic, 60 × 48 × 48 inches (152.4 × 121.9 × 121.9 cm)
© Archiv Franz West and © Estate Franz West

Installation view, Franz West: Recent Sculptures, Public Art Fund, Lincoln Center, New York, July 7–August 31, 2004 Artwork © Archiv Franz West and © Estate Franz West

Installation view, Franz West: Recent Sculptures, Public Art Fund, Lincoln Center, New York, July 7–August 31, 2004

Artwork © Archiv Franz West and © Estate Franz West

Franz West, The Ego and the Id, 2007 Lacquered aluminum, in 2 parts, pink: 236 ¼ × 165 ⅜ × 139 ¾ inches (600 × 420 × 355 cm), multicolored: 246 ½ × 208 ¼ × 170 ⅞ inches (626 × 529 × 434 cm)Installation view, Franz West: The Ego and the Id, Doris C. Freedman Plaza, New York, July 15, 2009–July 15, 2010, presented by Public Art Fund© Archiv Franz West and © Estate Franz West

Franz West, The Ego and the Id, 2007

Lacquered aluminum, in 2 parts, pink: 236 ¼ × 165 ⅜ × 139 ¾ inches (600 × 420 × 355 cm), multicolored: 246 ½ × 208 ¼ × 170 ⅞ inches (626 × 529 × 434 cm)
Installation view, Franz West: The Ego and the Id, Doris C. Freedman Plaza, New York, July 15, 2009–July 15, 2010, presented by Public Art Fund
© Archiv Franz West and © Estate Franz West

Franz West’s safety curtain, Drei – Vom Vorgang ins Temperament (2009), for the 2009–10 season of the Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna Artwork © Archiv Franz West and © Estate Franz West

Franz West’s safety curtain, Drei – Vom Vorgang ins Temperament (2009), for the 2009–10 season of the Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna

Artwork © Archiv Franz West and © Estate Franz West

Franz West, Smears, 2010 Lacquered epoxy resin, 90 ½ × 267 ¾ × 92 ½ inches (230 × 680 × 235 cm)Installation view, Liverpool Biennial, Tate Liverpool, 2010© Archiv Franz West and © Estate Franz West

Franz West, Smears, 2010

Lacquered epoxy resin, 90 ½ × 267 ¾ × 92 ½ inches (230 × 680 × 235 cm)
Installation view, Liverpool Biennial, Tate Liverpool, 2010
© Archiv Franz West and © Estate Franz West

Franz West, Room in Rome, 2010 Lacquered aluminum, in 3 parts, pink: 118 ⅛ × 49 ¼ × 49 ¼ inches (300 × 125 × 125 cm), orange: 145 ⅝ × 196 ⅞ × 98 ⅜ inches (370 × 500 × 250 cm), blue: 200 ¾ × 106 ¼ × 78 ¾ inches (510 × 270 × 200 cm)Installation view, Franz West: Room in Rome, Piazza di Pietra, Rome, September 16–October 16, 2010© Archiv Franz West and © Estate Franz West

Franz West, Room in Rome, 2010

Lacquered aluminum, in 3 parts, pink: 118 ⅛ × 49 ¼ × 49 ¼ inches (300 × 125 × 125 cm), orange: 145 ⅝ × 196 ⅞ × 98 ⅜ inches (370 × 500 × 250 cm), blue: 200 ¾ × 106 ¼ × 78 ¾ inches (510 × 270 × 200 cm)
Installation view, Franz West: Room in Rome, Piazza di Pietra, Rome, September 16–October 16, 2010
© Archiv Franz West and © Estate Franz West

Installation view, Franz West: Sculpture in Color, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden, Museum of Modern Art, New York, May 18, 2009–January 11, 2010 Artwork © Archiv Franz West and © Estate Franz West

Installation view, Franz West: Sculpture in Color, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden, Museum of Modern Art, New York, May 18, 2009–January 11, 2010

Artwork © Archiv Franz West and © Estate Franz West

Franz West, Untitled, 2011 Papier-mâché, polystyrene, acrylic lacquer, and steel, 58 ¼ × 35 × 20 ⅞ inches (148 × 89 × 53 cm)© Archiv Franz West and © Estate Franz West

Franz West, Untitled, 2011

Papier-mâché, polystyrene, acrylic lacquer, and steel, 58 ¼ × 35 × 20 ⅞ inches (148 × 89 × 53 cm)
© Archiv Franz West and © Estate Franz West

Franz West, Untitled, 2011 Papier-mâché, polystyrene, acrylic lacquer, and steel, 45 ¼ × 24 ¾ × 19 ⅝ inches (115 × 63 × 50 cm)© Archiv Franz West and © Estate Franz West

Franz West, Untitled, 2011

Papier-mâché, polystyrene, acrylic lacquer, and steel, 45 ¼ × 24 ¾ × 19 ⅝ inches (115 × 63 × 50 cm)
© Archiv Franz West and © Estate Franz West

Franz West, Gekröse (Mesentery), 2011 Lacquered aluminum, 196 ⅞ × 255 ⅞ × 433 inches (500 × 650 × 1,100 cm)Installation view, Art Unlimited, Basel, 2012© Archiv Franz West and © Estate Franz West

Franz West, Gekröse (Mesentery), 2011

Lacquered aluminum, 196 ⅞ × 255 ⅞ × 433 inches (500 × 650 × 1,100 cm)
Installation view, Art Unlimited, Basel, 2012
© Archiv Franz West and © Estate Franz West

Franz West, Untitled, 2012 Acrylic on paper mounted on canvas, 57 ½ × 53 ⅛ inches (146 × 135 cm)© Archiv Franz West and © Estate Franz West

Franz West, Untitled, 2012

Acrylic on paper mounted on canvas, 57 ½ × 53 ⅛ inches (146 × 135 cm)
© Archiv Franz West and © Estate Franz West

Franz West, Untitled, 2012 Papier-mâché, cardboard, acrylic lacquer, and steel, in 3 parts, overall dimensions variable© Archiv Franz West and © Estate Franz West

Franz West, Untitled, 2012

Papier-mâché, cardboard, acrylic lacquer, and steel, in 3 parts, overall dimensions variable
© Archiv Franz West and © Estate Franz West

About

From abstract and interactive sculpture to furniture and collage, Franz West’s oeuvre possesses a character that is at once lighthearted and deeply philosophical. Belonging to a generation of artists exposed to the Actionist and Performance Art of the 1960s and 70s, West instinctively rejected the idea of a passive relationship between artwork and viewer. Opposed to the existential intensity requisite to his performative forebears (such as Actionism), he produced work that was vigorous and imposing yet unbounded and buoyant. In 1973, he began creating compact, portable, mixed media sculptures called Passstücke (Adaptives). These “ergonomically inclined” objects were actualized as artworks only when touched, held, worn, carried, or otherwise physically or cognitively engaged. Transposing the concepts engendered by these formative works, he explored sculpture increasingly through the framework of the ongoing dialogue between viewers and objects, while probing the internal aesthetic relations between sculpture and painting. Manipulating everyday materials and imagery in order to examine art’s relation to social experience, West revolutionized the interplay of concealment and exposure, action and reaction, both in and outside the gallery.

Franz West was born in 1947 in Vienna, and died in 2012 in Vienna. He studied at the Academy of Applied Arts from 1977 to 1982. His work has been a fixture in countless international survey exhibitions all over the world including “Burning,” Musée d’Art Contemporain, Marseille (2002); “Franzwestite: Franz West—Works 1973–2003,” Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (2003); “We’ll Not Carry Coals,” Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria (2003); “Recent Sculptures,” Lincoln Center and Doris C. Freedman Plaza, New York (2004); Vancouver Art Gallery (2005); “Les Pommes d’Adam,” Place Vendôme, Paris (2007, traveled to Hall Art Foundation at MASS MoCA, North Adams, Massachusetts in 2014); “Sit on My Chair, Lay on My Bed,” Museum für angewandte Kunst, Vienna (2008); “To Build A House You Start with the Roof: Work, 1972–2008,” Baltimore Museum of Art (2008, traveled to Los Angeles County Museum of Art through 2009); Fondation Beyeler, Basel (2009); “White Elephant,” Museo Tamayo, Mexico City (2009); “Auto-Theatre,” Museum Ludwig, Cologne (2010, traveled to Museo d‘Arte Contemporanea Donnaregina, Naples; and Universalmuseum Joanneum, Austria, through 2011); Philadelphia Museum of Art (2012); and “Franz West: Where is my Eight?” Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna (2013, traveled to Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main; and the Hepworth Wakefield, England, through 2014). A major retrospective of his work was held at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2018,  traveled to Tate Modern, London through 2019).

Public collections including Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Tate, London; Albertina, Vienna; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; and Museum of Modern Art, New York. He was awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 54th Biennale di Venezia in 2011.

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Fairs, Events & Announcements

Jeff Koons, Sacred Heart (Magenta/Gold), 1994–2007 © Jeff Koons

Art Fair

Art Basel 2019

June 13–16, 2019, booth C9
Messe Basel
www.artbasel.com

Gagosian is pleased to participate in Art Basel, presenting works by Georg Baselitz, Joe Bradley, Alexander Calder, Willem de Kooning, Urs Fischer, Ellen Gallagher, Alberto Giacometti, Katharina Grosse, Mark Grotjahn, Jeff Koons, Man Ray, Albert Oehlen, Pablo Picasso, Richard Prince, Ed Ruscha, Richard Serra, Andy Warhol, Mary Weatherford, Tom Wesselmann, and Franz West, among others.

To receive a PDF with detailed information on the works, please contact the gallery at inquire@gagosian.com. To attend the fair, purchase tickets at artbasel.com.

Jeff Koons, Sacred Heart (Magenta/Gold), 1994–2007 © Jeff Koons

Damien Hirst, Truffle, 2016 © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2018

Art Fair

artgenève 2019

January 31–February 3, 2019, booth B19
Palexpo, Geneva
www.artgeneve.ch

Gagosian is pleased to participate in artgenève 2019, with modern and contemporary artworks by Georg Baselitz, Chris Burden, Urs Fischer, Romuald Hazoumè, Damien Hirst, Sally Mann, Olivier Mosset, Steven Parrino, Giuseppe Penone, Richard Serra, Rudolf Stingel, Spencer Sweeney, Mark Tansey, Tatiana Trouvé, Tom Wesselmann, Franz West, and others.

To receive a PDF with detailed information on the works, please contact the gallery at inquire@gagosian.com. To attend the fair, purchase tickets at artgeneve.ch. To preview our booth, go to artsy.net.

Download the full press release in English (PDF) or French (PDF)

Damien Hirst, Truffle, 2016 © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2018

Mike Kelley and Franz West’s poster design for performance of To Be Read Aloud (À haute voix) (1999). Artwork © Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts. All rights reserved/Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; and © Archiv Franz West

Performance

Mike Kelley and Franz West
To Be Read Aloud (À haute voix)

October 13, October 20, and November 21, 2018, 9pm
Centre Pompidou, Paris
www.centrepompidou.fr

To Be Read Aloud (À haute voix) (1999) is an experimental theater piece by artists Mike Kelley and Franz West. On the occasion of West’s retrospective at Centre Pompidou, director Fanny de Chaillé presents a reenactment of this work—a dialogue in which the artists reflect on the development of their practices within the avant-garde scenes of Los Angeles and Vienna since the 1970s—within West’s installation Auditorium (1992). The event is free with museum admission.

Mike Kelley and Franz West’s poster design for performance of To Be Read Aloud (À haute voix) (1999). Artwork © Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts. All rights reserved/Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; and © Archiv Franz West

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Museum Exhibitions

Urs Fischer, Untitled, 2003 © Urs Fischer

On View

The Paradox of Stillness
Art, Object, and Performance

Through August 8, 2021
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
walkerart.org

Featuring works from the early twentieth century to today, The Paradox of Stillness examines the notion of stillness as both a performative and a visual gesture. More than sixty-five artists present object-based art, pictures, and actions staged by live performers to test the boundaries between stillness and motion, mortality and aliveness, and the still life and the living picture. Work by Urs Fischer, Piero Manzoni, Tom Wesselmann, and Franz West is included.

Urs Fischer, Untitled, 2003 © Urs Fischer

Georg Baselitz, B. für Larry (Remix), 2006 © Georg Baselitz

On View

Wonderland

Through September 19, 2021
Albertina Modern, Vienna
www.albertina.at

Inspired by Lewis Carroll’s 1865 novel Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, this exhibition features more than a hundred contemporary artworks from the Albertina’s collection organized into seven different “chapters” conceived as independent yet loosely connected “worlds.”  Work by Georg Baselitz, Katharina Grosse, Anselm Kiefer, Roy Lichtenstein, Albert Oehlen, Andy Warhol, and Franz West is included.

Georg Baselitz, B. für Larry (Remix), 2006 © Georg Baselitz

Glenn Brown, Lemon Sunshine, 2001 © Glenn Brown

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00s. Collection Cranford
Les années 2000

October 24, 2020–May 30, 2021
Mo.Co. Contemporary, Montpellier, France
www.moco.art

This exhibition of work from the Cranford Collection, established by Muriel and Freddy Salem in 1999, aims to define the identity of the 2000s by creating a dialogue between one hundred artworks by a multigenerational array of artists who contributed to shaping the beginning of the millennium. Work by Glenn Brown, Damien Hirst, Mike Kelley, Albert Oehlen, Gerhard Richter, Ed Ruscha, Cindy Sherman, Jeff Wall, Franz West, and Christopher Wool is included.

Glenn Brown, Lemon Sunshine, 2001 © Glenn Brown

Installation view, Third Dimension: Works from the Brant Foundation, Brant Foundation, New York, November 13, 2019–September 3, 2020. Artwork, front to back: © Urs Fischer, © Dan Flavin

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Third Dimension
Works from the Brant Foundation

November 13, 2019–September 3, 2020
Brant Foundation, New York
brantfoundation.org

Bringing together more than twenty artists integral to the Brant Foundation’s collection, this exhibition offers a glimpse into the multifaceted practices of artists whose work Peter M. Brant has collected over the past fifty years. Work by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Urs Fischer, Mike Kelley, Adam McEwen, Richard Prince, Andy Warhol, and Franz West is included.

Installation view, Third Dimension: Works from the Brant Foundation, Brant Foundation, New York, November 13, 2019–September 3, 2020. Artwork, front to back: © Urs Fischer, © Dan Flavin

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