frieze week london 2012
During Frieze Week, Gagosian Gallery’s Britannia Street outpost in London will present a solo show of work by Franz West, who passed away over the summer. West was “actively engaged with the preparation of this exhibition” up until his death, according to a press release.
The more you read interviews with the late Franz West, the more there is to love about him. Today we have this excerpt from an interview conducted by MoMA photographer curator Roxana Marcoci on the occasion of the museum’s “Comic Abstraction” exhibition in 2007. Ms. Marcoci asks about the theatrical element of his Adaptives, plaster sculptures that people could pick up and manipulate, and that sets him off on a pretty interesting tangent.
The next time you have 10 minutes to spare, read this 2007 conversation between Tom Eccles, the former director of the Public Art Fund, and the late Franz West, who died today at the age of 65. It’s a beauty.
West discusses growing up in Austria immediately after World War II, his dentist mother (“There was always a lot of screaming and blood”) and various series he’s produced over the years.
Franz West, the renowned Austrian sculptor whose work cultivated a lively, sometimes bizarre sense of playfulness, which was no mean feat since he got his start during the brutally serious days of Viennese Actionism in the 1960s, died at the age of 65.
Franz West, the Austrian artist whose sculptures opened the medium to both bizarre and quotidian forms of participation and pushed it into the realm of design, becoming one of his era’s most influential artists, died in Vienna at the Vienna General Hospital. He was 65, and had been ill for some time.