• Franz West, Tournure, 2001, Styrofoam, plaster, gauze, and acrylic, dimensions variable.

    Franz West

    Baltimore Museum of Art
    10 Art Museum Drive
    October 12, 2008–January 4, 2009

    Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
    5905 Wilshire Boulevard
    March 15–June 7, 2009

    Inspired by the radical, art-into-life experiments of the Viennese Actionists, Franz West's signature Paßstücke (Adaptives) lie somewhere between sculpture and prop. Motley, misshapen, mixed-media forms, they are at once (anti-)aesthetic objects and prosthetic extensions designed to transform passive spectators into active—albeit ungainly—performers. Organized as a series of mini-installations, the Austrian artist's first major US retrospective features a total of 117 objects, including sculpture, furniture, and works on paper, and offers visitors the rare opportunity not only to see but also to touch a wide range of West's work—from his Paßstücke to recent large-scale projects, including The Ego and the Id, 2008, two oversize sculptural chairs designed specifically for the exhibition.