Urs Fischer, ‘Chicken Rotation’, 2016, Carolina Nitsch Contemporary Art

Published by Carolina Nitsch
for the New Museum of Contemporary Art

Signature: Signed verso

About Urs Fischer

When featuring him in their 2006 Biennial, the Whitney Museum described Urs Fischer’s practice as “founded on a consideration of the nature of substances, the act of making, and the unpredictable processes that can result from combining the two.” Working in collage, drawing, sculpture, and most notably installation, Fischer transforms a host of materials to create his forms, from wood, clay, and glass to found objects, food, and wax. “Everybody likes objects; everybody likes different objects,” he has said. “It comes down to what objects you want to put in your art.” Fischer deliberately references art historical traditions like still lifes, portraits, and landscapes, but questions—and sometimes destroys—their authority through the use of impermanent materials. Some of his best known works include Untitled (Bread House) (2004), a Swiss chalet reconstructed in bread, and the hand-sculpted wax female nudes he melted as part of his “Kir Royal” exhibition.

Swiss, b. 1973, Zurich, Switzerland, based in Zurich and Los Angeles

Exhibition Highlights

2017
Central, Hong Kong,
2015
Gagosian - Jason Ysenburg, 
NY,
Art Basel Miami Beach 2015

Group Shows

2017
New York,
Bookshop Features
2015
Gagosian - Jason Ysenburg, 
NY,
Art Basel Miami Beach 2015
2015
Gagosian - Jason Ysenburg, 
NY,
Art Basel 2015
2015
Gagosian - Rysia Murphy, 
Gagosian - Rysia Murphy at SP-Arte 2015
2015
Gagosian - Nick, 
Central,
Art Basel Hong Kong 2015
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