Franz West - Contemporary Art Day Sale London Sunday, June 29, 2008 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Galerie Barbell Grasslin, Berlin

  • Catalogue Essay

    Following the in foot steps of actionism, the present lot reflects the rejection of art as a commodity. The papier-maché piece does not function like the interactive pieces that Franz West is famous for, but instead embodies a fresh form of autonomous sculpture that cannot be commoditized. The theme of autonomy breaking away from commodity conveys a meaning of "the purely visual experience of an artwork" that goes "beyond the purely optical and include tactical qualities as well." (Franz West taken from


Element of the Environment- Alpenglühn

Papier-mache, plaster, gauze, paint, metal and wood on wheels. 
147 x 118.5 x 90.5 cm. (57 7/8 x 46 5/8 x 35 5/8 in).

£60,000 - 80,000 

Sold for £103,250

Contemporary Art Day Sale

30 June 2008, 10am & 2pm