Franz West - Contemporary Art Part I New York Thursday, May 17, 2007 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Art Conseils S.A., Panama

  • Exhibited

    Donaueschingen. Fürstenberg Sammlungen, ahead of the 21st century-- The Pisces Collection, June, 2002 – October, 2004

  • Catalogue Essay

    “Franz West’s sculptures are intrinsically amorphous, apparently formless in their appearance, and may be observed and/or used. Their dignified presentation and staging induces the viewer’s contemplation, otherwise reserved for more solemn art forms, but which here in fact allows the anti-sculpture to come properly into its own. Similarly the plinth-which modern art has been at such pains to overcome- does not constitute a contradiction in West’s work, nor does it represent a sudden introduction of conservatism. The plinths are just as non-formalist as the other elements of the sculptures, and are incorporated into these, creating small environments: Gesamtkunstwerk- synthesized art forms. All of this goes into making up West’s concept of his art: turning his back on traditions of the sublime and the monumental in twentieth-century sculpture, he breathes new life into the concept of a sculpture as a three-dimensional object which one can have a personal, physical encounter. …His work operates in a realm beyond customary appearances. The fascination of his works is that they are like idiosyncratic hermaphrodites, combining countless currents and influences with a powerful identity of their own,” (R. Fleck, “Sex and the Modern Sculptor”, Franz West, London, 1999, p. 24).



Metal and plaster.
31 1/2 x 11 3/4 x 2 5/8 in. (80 x 29.8 x 6.7 cm).

$40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for $78,000

Contemporary Art Part I

17 May 2007
7pm New York