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Walter Pichler, Schlafender, Grundkonstruktion (Sleeper, Basic Construction), 2011, wood, glass, 11 3/8 x 13 3/8 x 37 3/8".

Walter Pichler

MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art

Walter Pichler, Schlafender, Grundkonstruktion (Sleeper, Basic Construction), 2011, wood, glass, 11 3/8 x 13 3/8 x 37 3/8".

It’s a good time for old dogs in the art world; suddenly we’re interested again in hard-working figures who have stayed the course. The Austrian sculptor Walter Pichler is one such artist. Throughout his career he has ignored the marketplace and media culture: He neither sells his sculptures nor allows himself to be lured into the public eye any more than absolutely necessary. Pichler is a man completely engrossed in his work, undistracted by external pressures, uncompromising in every way. “I am a sculptor,” Pichler says. “There are very few. It’s a job that creates distance, requires time, and is not of this day and age.” Still, he can count on the adoration of a loyal fan club, which consists equally of wild young interdisciplinary-art students and artists at the high points of their careers.

Since the 1970s, the South Tyrolean–born sculptor has lived in a tiny Austrian town at

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