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Franz West, to build a house you start with the roof : work 1972-2008

Author: Franz West; M Darsie Alexander; Baltimore Museum of Art.
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press ; Baltimore, Md. : Baltimore Museum of Art, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"There is no easy way to define Franz West's art: it is fundamentally sculptural in its construction, veers frequently toward the biomorphic and prosthetic, mines the intellectualism of Freud and Wittgenstein, and possesses an awkward beauty that speaks with equal fluency to the tradition of painterly abstraction and the aesthetics of trash art. West's distinctive vision has resulted in one of the most remarkable  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Ausstellung
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Named Person: Franz West; Franz West; Franz West
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Franz West; M Darsie Alexander; Baltimore Museum of Art.
ISBN: 9780262012508 0262012502
OCLC Number: 225089515
Notes: Catalog of an exhibition to be held at the Baltimore Museum of Art, Oct. 12, 2008-Jan. 4, 2009.
Description: 288 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 29 cm
Contents: Lenders to the exhibition --
Foreword / Doreen Bolger --
Acknowledgments / Darsie Alexander --
Introduction / Darsie Alexander --
Franz West : what to do? / Darsie Alexander --
Atelier / Franz West --
Waking up to zombies : an interview with Franz West / Tom Eccles --
Hostess with the mostess / Rachel Harrison and Eric Banks --
Chronology --
Bibliography --
Checklist of the exhibition --
Index.
Responsibility: Darsie Alexander ; contributions by Tom Eccles, Rachel Harrison and Eric Banks.
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A book that makes clear why Franz West is not only Vienna's most influential living sculptor, but one of the most entertaining and cerebral contemporary artists anywhere.  Read more...

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This catalogue of [Franz West's] recent retrospective at the Baltimore Museum of Art is rich and illuminating and includes a saucy essay by Rachel Harrison and Eric Banks that attests to West's Read more...

 
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