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About Franz West

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.

Austrian, 1947-2012, Vienna, Austria, based in Vienna, Austria

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2015
S, M, L, XL, MCA Chicago, Chicago
2012
Franz West: Man with a Ball, Gagosian Gallery, London
2010
Franz West: Roman Room, Gagosian Gallery, Rome

Solo Shows on Artsy

2012
Franz West: Man with a Ball, Gagosian Gallery, London
2010
Franz West: Roman Room, Gagosian Gallery, Rome

Group Shows on Artsy

2015
Mark My Words, Gemini G.E.L. at Joni Moisant Weyl, New York
2015
Skulpturenpark Golfclub Dellach, Galerie Clemens Gunzer, Maria Wörth
2015
The Venetians, Gemini G.E.L. at Joni Moisant Weyl, New York
2015
S, M, L, XL, MCA Chicago, Chicago
2015
Dans un intérieur, Almine Rech, Brussels
2014
Elective Affinities, Simon Lee Gallery, London
2012
Science of dreams, Arsenal Montréal+Toronto, Montreal
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