The art world lost a great figure last week. Austrian artist Franz West passed away in Vienna, after months of illness.West’s artworks; ranging from very large scale sculpture and public installations, collages, drawings, performances, video and furniture making, are unique, tactile, colorful, strange yet playful and seem to bring out everyone’s inner children. Franz West, whose career began in the mid sixties, followed the path of post-modernism by distorting the myth of the artist sacred touch by handing over the works to the viewer, for their own guilty pleasures of breaking the » Do not touch » rule of any museums or galleries. West will always be remembered as an eccentric genius for creating love it or hate it works, but if one thing is certain it’s that his place is secure in the long History of art.
By Jérôme Nadeau for Studio SPG