Giorgio Verzotti


From the few FRANZ WEST shows I’d seen in Italy, I formed an impression of an artist incapable of formal innovation and committed to the unremittingly ugly. So it was purely out of a sense of duty that I visited the exhibition at the Kunsthalle Basel (which originated at the Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig in Vienna). What I discovered, much to my surprise, was a master of form, who brings out the beauty in the amorphous, and who literally stages his work, infusing it with an irony directed as much at himself as at others. West’s signature combination of critique and playfulness is most evident in the sculptures with which viewers are urged to interact, or the spacious environments furnished with chairs and couches inviting us to settle in. My apologies, Mr. West, your work is anything but ugly.


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