Franz West

Galerie Gisela Capitain

Franz West’s exhibition “Plakatentwürfe” (Poster designs) began with instructions from the artist: “As in my earlier Paßstücke,” West states in a wall work directly next to the entrance, “the designs are not merely for reception but rather for interaction.” At once both invitation and interpretation, his introduction marks a shift in emphasis. The Paßstücke—amorphously suggestive hybrids between sculpture, prosthetics, and cult objects—shed light, by virtue of their various use-possibilities, on the relationship between art object and recipient; the “Poster Designs,” 2000—works on paper, wood, and foam that refer to the current show as well as to past exhibitions by West and his friends—make reference more to the gallery space. They are intended to provoke a different relationship between artwork, exhibition space, and recipient—an agenda West shares with the various artistic endeavors

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