Interviews

Franz West on His Adaptives and Cy Twombly

A museum visitor models an Adaptive by West at the Museum for Modern Art in Frankfurt, Germany. (Thomas Lohnes/AFP/Getty Images)

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. Read More

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Franz West on Greek Temples, Shit

Franz West's 2004 Public Art Fund exhibition at Lincoln Center before its unveiling.  (Courtesy Stan Honda/AFP/Getty)

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. Read More