franz west: gekröse sculpture at art basel 2012
franz west: gekröse sculpture at art basel 2012 franz west: gekröse sculpture at art basel 2012
jun 17, 2012

franz west: gekröse sculpture at art basel 2012

franz west’s ‘gekröse’ image © designboom

austrian artist franz west’s ‘gekröse’ (2011) – is his biggest piece to date and sold on the first day of the fair for a seven-figure sum, according to jona lueddeckens from the gagosian gallery.

‘gekröse’ is a leviathan of a sculpture, simultaneously monumental yet playful; imposing in scale yet whimsical in its cheery rose hue and dynamic sense of movement. the complexly intertwining pink coils are reminiscent of any number of diverse forms, perhaps a gargantuan primordial cephalopod or an enlarged model of the human digestive tract. often west designs sculptures as functional, furniture-like sites of social interaction. because this is the largest aluminum sculpture that he has created to date, visitors who are accustomed to relating to franz west’s artworks may be challenged by this sculpture that represents a unique development within his oeuvre.

image © designboom

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franz west began his career in mid-1960s vienna when actionism was in full swing. his earliest works were a reaction to this movement in which artists engaged in displays of radical public behavior and physical endurance meant to shake up art-world passivity. in the early 1970s, west began making a series of small, portable sculptures called passstuecke (adaptives), awkward-looking plaster objects that he only considered completed as artworks when the viewer physically interacted with them. in many ways, his large-scale aluminum sculptures are simply overgrown versions of the passstuecke.

  • this is less than sculpture 101
    no thought as to tension between within the form
    no dynamics
    big does not equal good sculpture

    Paedra says:
  • Paedra, you are a fascist, this sculpture is wonderful.

    Ray says:
  • Why can’t we all just get along?

    Clyde says:
  • Im glad it’s color is not brown…

    JJ says:
  • I’ve been embedded in the contemporary art world my entire adult life (and that’s a very long time)… There are still so many things I just don’t understand.

    Marc D. says:
  • the beginning and the end in heavy soft pink
    i loved it , great work !!!!

    sparola says:
  • this looks like a turd. It always has looked like a turd, and it always look, like a turd.

    It should have been brown.

    Casper says:
  • hay Ray,
    maybe if you had some serious art training your words would carry some validity.

    Doesn’t make any difference the color
    if one wishes to work from poop….. perhaps one should study the dynamics of said media
    might learn something

    In making marks, making sculpture or any other visual presentation the artist takes on the responsibility for where those marks are placed. Random and just because it “happens” there is but happy accident and facile art. Size just for size itself is also a facile attempt at statement making. One would do well to >>>>> study AND UNDERSTAND HOW <<<< Henry Moore worked. Learn from a Master then perhaps you will have a greater understanding of how to occupy and use space.... any space small or large.Sadly few in this world we live in take the time to learn the vocabularies of art. When one thinks anyone "can make art" that is simply a dunning down of all art.

    Paedra says:

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