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Upcoming Museum Exhibition: Franz West
2018
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris

September 2018

The Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris will present the first posthumous retrospective of the work of Franz West. Curated by Christine Macel, Chief Curator at the Centre Georges Pompidou and Mark Godfrey, Senior Curator at Tate Modern, the exhibition will span West's influential career and draws on loans of major works from institutions including the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Ludwig Museum in Cologne. On view will be works dating from the 1970s onwards, including early drawings and works on paper that have rarely been presented publicly, the papier mâché sculptures of the 1980s, large-scale installations created in the 1990s, and the open-air sculptures of the 2000s. The exhibition will open in September 2018.

The Estate of Franz West is Now Represented by David Zwirner
January 8, 2018
Press Release

(New York, London, & Hong Kong) David Zwirner is pleased to announce that the gallery now represents the estate of Austrian artist Franz West (1947–2012). The gallery represented West during the artist’s lifetime from 1993 to 2000, and his solo presentation Investigations of American Art was David Zwirner’s inaugural exhibition in 1993. On the occasion of the gallery’s twenty-fifth anniversary, work by the artist will be included in the exhibition David Zwirner: 25 Years, opening across the gallery’s Chelsea spaces in New York in January 2018.

As stated by David Zwirner, "Franz West is one of the great sculptors of the twentieth century, and certainly one of the most innovative and influential artists of his time. I opened my gallery with Franz West’s work in a small space on Greene Street, and I am incredibly honored, twenty-five years later, to represent his estate. We are looking forward to working closely with the Centre Georges Pompidou for the highly-anticipated traveling retrospective they are organizing of the artist’s work."

Emerging in the early 1970s, West developed a singular aesthetic that engaged equally high and low reference points and often privileged social interaction as an intrinsic component of his work. While he was known primarily as a sculptor, his body of work incorporated drawing, collage, video, furniture, and installation, using papier-mâché, furniture, cardboard, plaster, found imagery, and other diverse materials. By playfully manipulating everyday materials and imagery in novel ways, he created objects that serve to redefine art as a social experience, calling attention to the way in which art is presented to the public, and how viewers interact with works of art and with each other.

Franz West: Where Is My Eight?
2013
Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna

In 2013, the Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien (MUMOK) in Vienna presented Franz West: Where Is My Eight? (Wo ist mein Achter?). This was the second major exhibition of the artist’s work at the museum in his native city of Vienna following Franz West: Proforma, a midcareer survey in 1996. Both exhibitions were curated by Eva Badura-Triska.

Where Is My Eight? included some 150 works based on a preliminary selection drawn up by the artist before his death in 2012. The show focused on the Kombi-Werke (Combi-Works), in which West would combine existing works to create new installations; also included were individual pieces drawn from throughout the artist’s career, for example his Passstücke (Adaptives), furniture, sculptures, videos, works on paper, and pieces created in cooperation with other artists. As Faye Hirsch wrote in an extended article for Art in America, "The playfulness and wit that characterized West’s art throughout his career were much in evidence. . . . Walking through the show, one is struck as much by the work’s connection to Brancusi and Giacometti as to the anti-art impulses of Duchamp and Fluxus."

Versions of the exhibition were subsequently presented at the Museum für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt (2013) and the Hepworth Wakefield in England (2014), where West’s work was placed in dialogue with sculptures by the late Barbara Hepworth. "Playfully nestled alongside the elegant, anthropomorphic curves of Barbara Hepworth’s plaster prototypes," Louisa Elderton wrote in a review for Flash Art, "West’s Das Geraune (Murmuring) (1988) was veritably buzzing with energized textural surfaces and peep holes for the viewer’s eyes only."

The exhibition was accompanied by a publication with texts by Eva Badura-Triska, Klaus Goerner, Georg Grooelle, Peter Keicher, and Andreas Reiter-Raabe.

Franz West, To Build a House You Start with the Roof: Work, 1972–2008
2008
The Baltimore Museum of Art; traveled to Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Organized by The Baltimore Museum of Art, Franz West, To Build a House You Start with the Roof: Work, 1972–2008 surveyed nearly forty years of work by the artist. The exhibition showcased Franz West’s dynamic range of work, from his interactive Passstücke (Adaptives) of the 1970s to large-scale outdoor sculptures begun in the mid-1990s made from aluminum and painted in bright colors. In the catalogue accompanying the show, the curator Darsie Alexander recalls how "an exhibition [of West’s work] at David Zwirner, New York, in the mid-1990s kindled a spark that has ignited into this exhibition."

On the occasion of the exhibition, West produced a new outdoor sculpture, The Ego and the Id (2008). As Peter Schjeldahl wrote in The New Yorker, "West’s recent abstract, painted-aluminum sculptures . . . may be the most energetic and affable art for public spaces since Alexander Calder. . . . A new, colossal piece, created for Baltimore, is West’s strongest yet. The Ego and the Id, in two parts, deploys twisting, soaring loops in various toothsome colors, and sprouts stools for sitting."

Opening on Wednesday, April 21, the gallery will present an exhibition by the Austrian artist Franz West. This will be the artist's fourth exhibition at David Zwirner.

 

Franz West has been showing continuously since the mid-1970s. His works were included in large international exhibitions such at Documenta IX & X in Kassel; the Münster Skulptur Projekte; and at the last Venice Biennale. In 1997 his work was shown at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and a midcareer survey is currently on exhibit at the Rooseum in Sweden. The artist was recently awarded the Wolfgang Hahn prize from the Museum Ludwig in Cologne.

 

For this exhibition the artist will bring to the gallery three small installations as well as a group of recent sculptures. One of the works, the "Internet Bed", is a large-scale sculpture, which enables the gallery viewers to access and browse the World Wide Web. The artist's current exhibition at the Rooseum can also be visited via the "Internet Bed", as well as the gallery's website, which is to premier in the first week of May.

 

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Franz West
2625, 1991
cardboard, gauze, polyester, particle board, rubber cable, metal
19 5/8 x 17 3/8 x 17 ¾ inches (50 x 44 x 45 cm)
Franz West
Symbol, 1999
3 sculptures: paper mache, paint, gauze, plaster
red sculpture: 22 x 24 3/8 x 9 7/8 inches (56 x 62 x 25 cm) pink sculpture: 160 x 88 7/8 x 66 inches (63 x 35 x 26 cm) brown sculpture: 29 7/8 x 20 1/8 x 9 inches (53 x 51 x 23 cm)
Franz West
Der Ast am Asten (Mot Porte-Manteau), 1998
metal, wood, cardboard, gauze, paint
work in 2 parts: 70 7/8 x 23 5/8 x 64 5/8 inches (51 5/8 x 60 x 164 cm)
Franz West
Oh Oklahoma, 1999
mixed media
wall piece: 31 ½ x 81 1/8 x 5 7/8 inches (80 x 206 x 15 cm) sculpture: 30 3/8 x 11 ¾ x 11 ¾ inches (77 x 30 x 30 cm) pedestal: 94 7/8 x 11 x 13 3/8 inches (241 x 28 x 34 cm)
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Opening on Wednesday, June 10th, the gallery will present a collaboration between Franz West and Heimo Zobernig. In 1997 Franz West and Heimo Zobernig created the Documenta Caf_ for Documenta X, curated by Catherine David. Now the Cafe is augmented by a Bar, which was shown earlier this year at the Fundaçao de Serralves in Oporto, Portugal. The Bar will turn the gallery into a space where World Cup '98 games are being screened daily.

 

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In the back gallery, David Zwirner will present a Video Library for the duration of the exhibition. The gallery has asked artists, curators, writers, and collectors to compile lists of videos that they consider crucial for a library of both historic and current single-channel works. Many of these videos will be available for individual viewing on various monitors. A librarian will be on hand to play any tape from the library on request. On various occasions through the last five years, the gallery has featured exhibitions of singlechannel video. Since there has been a remarkable development of this medium towards a greater audience, the gallery would like to provide an opportunity for its public to view these works in one place.

 

The following people have helped put this Video Library together: Mike Ballou; Electronic Arts Intermix; Dan Graham; Kate Horsfield; Chrissie Iles; Kasper Koenig; Carole Ann Klonarides; Greg Linn; Clayton Press; and Diana Thater.

 

Works by the following artists will be on view: Vito Acconci; Michel Auder; Lutz Bacher; Sadie Benning; Dara Birnbaum; Skip Blumberg; Angela Bulloch; Peter Campus; Stan Douglas; Juan Downey; Jeanne Dunning; Fischli and Weiss; Terry Fox; Gilbert and George; David Hammons; Joan Jonas; Mike Kelley; Mark Leckey; Paul McCarthy; MICA TV; Matt Mullican; Bruce Nauman, Nam June Paik; Raymond Pettibon; Steven Pippin; Raphael Montanez Ortiz; Tony Oursler; Pipilotti Rist; Kay Rosen; Martha Rosler; Rikrit Tiravanija; Steina and Woody Vasulka; Bill Viola; Gillian Wearing; Lawrence Weiner; Franz West; Jane and Louise Wilson; Bruce and Norman Yonemoto; Heimo Zobernig; and others.

 

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Opening on Saturday, January 31, on the occasion of our fifth-year anniversary, David Zwirner will take the opportunity to bring together a group show of gallery artists.

 

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Opening on Tuesday, February 1, 1995, the gallery will feature the work of Mike Kelley, Paul McCarthy, Bruce Nauman, and Franz West.

 

All four artists have been and continue to be important for a younger generation of artists working today. While these artists are versatile in their use of a variety of mediums; from works on paper; to large-scale sculptures; to video, it is interesting how performance has been a continuous element in their work.

 

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Opening on Saturday, September 17, to coincide with the SOHO Block Party, the gallery will present an exhibition by the Austrian artist Franz West entitled "Home Elements (A Retrospective)". This will be the second time Franz West is exhibiting at David Zwirner.

"Home Elements (A Retrospective)" will coincide with Franz West's large scale site specific installation at the DIA Center for the Arts, entitled "Rest" which will open on September 16, 1994.

"Rest" mirrors the artist highly successful recent installation "Test" at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art. With the DIA installation, the artist aims to create a thought provoking and user-friendly public sculpture.

In contrast, with "Home Elements (A Retrospective)" Franz West has assembled sculpture, furniture, and works on paper which aim to reach into the private sphere of domesticity. This body of work will invite the viewer to interact with it. The collectors of this work are encouraged to substitute the exhibited "Home Elements" with comparable objects or furniture from their home.

The potential of interactive sculpture has been a continuous theme in Franz West's career culminating with recent large scale public works at Documenta IX in Kassel, Germany, Los Angeles MoCA , and now at DIA. For the show at David Zwirner, the artist will not only show new work, but also bring to the gallery a selection of earlier work which will help create a context for the installation at DIA. Since this is not meant as a complete survey of the artist's work, West has put the subtitle "(A Retrospective)" in parenthesis. Of special interest will be Franz West's very first interactive sculpture ("Passtück") which dates back to 1977 and is being shown here for the first time in the United States. He has also created a new instructional video demonstrating possible ways to use this work.

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We are pleased to announce the opening of David Zwirner, a gallery located on the ground floor of 43 Greene Street in lower Soho. The gallery will focus on contemporary and emerging artists from the United States as well as from Europe. We will open on February 5, 1993 with an exhibition of new work by the Austrian artist FRANZ WEST. During the remainder of this season we will exhibit works by STAN DOUGLAS, ANGELA BULLOCH, KEVIN LANDERS and FRED EINHORN; as well as a special project by RAYMOND PETTIBON.

 

The gallery's inaugural exhibition will feature new work by FRANZ WEST. In this show, the artist's first one-person exhibition in the United States since his "Possibilities" show at the P.S.1 Museum in June 1989, FRANZ WEST will exhibit a series of new sculptures and an installation which includes a video made in collaboration with the Austrian film-maker BERNARD RIFF.

 

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