previews

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

    Franz West

    Baltimore Museum of Art
    10 Art Museum Drive
    October 12–January 4

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

    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.