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Signature: signed, dated and numbered on the base: 4/5 E. WURM 2016
Vgl.: Hans-Peter Wipplinger (Hg.), Carl Spitzweg. Erwin Wurm. Köstlich! Köstlich?, Hilarious! Hilarious?. Ausstellungskatalog, Leopold Museum, Wien 2017, Abb. S. 98 ff.;
Erwin Wurm. Good Boy. Ausstellungskatalog, MOCAK, Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow, Krakau 2013/2014, Abb. S, 102 f.;
private collection Austria
Erwin Wurm’s eclectic practice—incorporating sculpture, performance, photography, video, and installation—is unified by a combination of formal concerns and a sense of humor. In a sculptural series featuring works including Big Gulp Lying (2010), Wurm depicts anonymous human figures entangled in sweaters and other clothing items, creating a silhouette that is both perplexing and grotesque. Wurm also encourages viewer participation in many of his works, such as in Confessional (2003), a sculpture resembling a dog house with head-size holes on either side into which viewers are encouraged to insert their heads.
Austrian, b. 1954, Bruck an der Mur, Austria, based in Vienna and Limburg, Austria