Franz West (1947–2012) lived and worked in Vienna, where he was born and raised. West began his career in mid-1960s, when a radical artistic movement called Viennese Actionism was in full swin: his earliest sculptures, performances, and collages were a reaction to this. In the early 1970s West began making a series of small, portable sculptures called “Adaptives” (“Paßtücke”) and his large-scale aluminum sculptures are overgrown versions of the “Adaptives” and also relate to his installations, comprising furniture. West had the ability to make comfortable and colourfully upholstered couches and chairs which transform galleries, museums, and public spaces into lounge-like, sociable environments for viewing art. His art is exhibited and collected worldwide.
Represented by Gagosian.
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