Artists Franz West

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    FRANZ WEST
    Untitled (Lamp), 2004
    Iron with lampshade
    188 x 35.6 x 35.6 cm. (74 x 14 x 14 in.)

  • FRANZ WEST
    Untitled (Plato’s Son Skizze), 1985
    Plaster, mixed media, oil paint
    58 x 108 x 10 cm. (22 7/8 x 42 1/2 x 3 7/8 in.)

  • FRANZ WEST
    Untitled (Object for a 20th Century Museum), 1996
    Wood, metal, papier-mâché, oil paint
    165 x 33 x 45.75 cm. (5 x 13 x 18 1/8 in.)

  • FRANZ WEST
    Cool Book, 2007
    Lacquered aluminium
    57 x 224 x 213 cm. (22 1/2 x 88 1/4 x 83 7/8 in.)

Franz West (1947 – 2012) was an Austrian artist best known for his self titled adaptives, sculptural objects that were activated by the presence and interaction of the viewer. West’s work has been broadly exhibited across America and Europe in both public and private institutions.

In 1990 he represented Austria at the Venice Biennale and was awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 54th Venice Biennale in 2011.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

1985
Kunsthaus Zürich, Switzerland: ‘Spuren, Skulpturen, und Monumente Ihrer präzisen Reise’

1986
Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz, Austria: ‘Legitime Skulpturen’

1988
Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland: ‘Franz West’

1989
Wingate Gallery, New York: ‘Seats and Sculptures’

1989
Museum Haus Lange, Krefeld, Germany: ‘Franz West’

1990
Austrian Pavilion, 44th Venice Biennale 

1992
Galerie Grässlin, Erhardt, Frankfurt

1993
Kunstverein, Graz 

1994
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles 

1994
David Zwirner, New York: ‘Home Elements (A Retrospective)’
Galerie Bärbel Grässlin, Frankfurt: ‘Franz West: Neue Werke’
DIA Center For The Arts, New York: ‘Franz West: Rest

1995
The Carnegie International, Pittsburgh

1996
Städtisches Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach, German: ‘Franz West: Gelegentliches. Zu einer anderen Rezeption’
Galerie Ghislaine Hussenot, Paris: ‘Franz West Personale’

1997
The Museum of Modern Art, New York: ‘Projects 61: Franz West’

1999
Galerie Bärbel Grässlin, Frankfurt: ‘Arbeitsplatte’
Rooseum Center for Contemporary Art, Malmö, Sweden: ‘Franz West’

2001
Gagosian Gallery, London: ‘Franz West’

2002
Musée d’Art Contemporain,Marseille: ’Burning’ 

2003
Whitechapel Art Gallery, London: ‘Franzwestite: Franz West—Works 1973–2003’

2003
Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria: ‘We’ll Not Carry Coals’

2004
Lincoln Center and Doris C. Freedman Plaza, New York: ‘Recent Sculptures’

2005
Vancouver Art Gallery 

2007
Place Vendôme, Paris: ‘Les Pommes d’Adam’
(travelled to Hall Art Foundation at MASS MoCA - Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, in 2014) 

2008
Museum für angewandte Kunst (MAK),Vienna: ‘Sit on My Chair, Lay on My Bed’

2009
Baltimore Museum of Art: ‘To Build A House You Start with the Roof: Work, 1972–2008’
(travelled to Los Angeles County Museum of Art through 2009)

2009
Museo Tamayo, Mexico City: ‘White Elephant’

2010
Museum Ludwig, Cologne
(travelled to Museo d‘Arte Contemporanea Donnaregina, Naples; and Universal museum Joanneum, Austria, through 2011); 

2012
Philadelphia Museum of Art 

2013
Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig (mumok), Vienna: ‘Franz West: Where is my Eight?’
(travelled to Museum für Moderne Kunst (MMK), Frankfurt; and The Hepworth Wakefield, England, through 2014).

Public Collections

Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
Tate, London; Albertina, Vienna
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.
Museum of Modern Art, New York

Further Reading

2019 Mark Godfrey and Christine Macel. ‘Franz West: London’ Tate Publishing
2014 Matthias Goldmann and Marina Faust. ‘Franz West: Man with a Ball’ New York. Gagosian and Rizzoli
2013 Eva Badura, Klaus Goerner and Georg Grooelle, ‘Franz West: Where is My Eight?’ Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther Konig
2008 Hatje cantz, ‘Pass-stücke’. Germany
2008 Rachel Harrison, Eric Banks, ‘Franz West, to Build a House You Start with the Roof: Work 1972-2008’ MIT Press
1998 Paul Schimmel, Russell Ferguson, Kristine Stiles, ‘Out of Actions: Between Performance and the Object, 1949-1979’