Franz West, ‘The Spirit of Ecstasy’, 1999, Galerie Meyer Kainer
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Franz West

The Spirit of Ecstasy, 1999

Collage on foam board behind plexiglas
29 1/2 × 118 1/10 in
75 × 300 cm
Location
Vienna
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About the work
GMK
Galerie Meyer Kainer
Vienna
Medium
Drawing, Collage or other Work on Paper
Franz West
Austrian, 1947–2012
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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.

Franz West, ‘The Spirit of Ecstasy’, 1999, Galerie Meyer Kainer
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About the work
GMK
Galerie Meyer Kainer
Vienna
Medium
Drawing, Collage or other Work on Paper
Franz West
Austrian, 1947–2012
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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.

Franz West

The Spirit of Ecstasy, 1999

Collage on foam board behind plexiglas
29 1/2 × 118 1/10 in
75 × 300 cm
Location
Vienna
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