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Franz West

Austrian, 1947–2012

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Franz West

Austrian, 1947–2012

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Biography

Franz West's work is influenced by the action and performance art of the 1960s, including Vienna's Actionism movement, in which artists engaged in destructive, violent acts of public behavior. Rejecting the traditional passive way of viewing art, West creates pieces as social experiences, as in his "Adaptives," started in the 1970s, small sculptures meant to be picked up and carried around, and chairs, lamps, and tables that can be moved and used. He is also known for distinctive collages that mix over-painted magazine clippings, ads, and pornographic images to absurdist effect, and bulky sculptures of foam, papier-mâché, cardboard, and objects that reference Expressionist painting.

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Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
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Solo show at a major institution
Centre Pompidou, and 10 more
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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 13 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 1 more
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Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 5 more
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Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 6 more
Biography

Franz West's work is influenced by the action and performance art of the 1960s, including Vienna's Actionism movement, in which artists engaged in destructive, violent acts of public behavior. Rejecting the traditional passive way of viewing art, West creates pieces as social experiences, as in his "Adaptives," started in the 1970s, small sculptures meant to be picked up and carried around, and chairs, lamps, and tables that can be moved and used. He is also known for distinctive collages that mix over-painted magazine clippings, ads, and pornographic images to absurdist effect, and bulky sculptures of foam, papier-mâché, cardboard, and objects that reference Expressionist painting.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Centre Pompidou, and 10 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 13 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 5 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 6 more
Articles Featuring Franz West
These Artists Would Love for You to Sit on Their Work
Nov 28th, 2018
These Artists Would Love for You to Sit on Their Work
The Venice Biennale Is an Ecstatic Celebration of Artists That Falls into Its Own Trap
May 11th, 2017
The Venice Biennale Is an Ecstatic Celebration of Artists That Falls into Its Own Trap
Relinquishing Fame and Praise, Uncompromising Artists Embrace the Audacious
Jul 1st, 2015
Relinquishing Fame and Praise, Uncompromising Artists Embrace the Audacious
My Highlights from ARCOmadrid 2014
Feb 11th, 2014
My Highlights from ARCOmadrid 2014
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