Baltimore

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

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

Baltimore

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.