San Francisco

Katharina Fritsch

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)

Katharina Fritsch’s first midcareer survey was a succinct assembly of “greatest hits”: eight works drawn from her entire career, including Warengestell mit Madonnen (Display stand with Madonnas, 1987–89), Tischgesellschaft (Company at table, 1988), and Mann und Maus (Man and mouse, 1991–92). Her first full-blown sculpture, Warengestell, 1979–84, a display stand holding several small objects—including a Madonna figurine, a water mill, and circular shapes—already incorporated many of the motifs on which she would later elaborate. Also on view was Kind mit Pudeln (Child with poodles, 1995–96), a sculpture that Fritsch created for this exhibition that consisted of three concentric rings of black poodles surrounding an infant from whom emanated golden rays. With its allusions to baby Jesus, Kind mit Pudeln, like much of Fritsch’s work, plays on Catholic themes, while it encapsulates the strange

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