Franz West at David Zwirner

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Franz West at David Zwirner

  • 21 Feb 2019 — 5 Apr 2019
Franz West at David Zwirner

Franz West, Symbol, 1999 (foreground), in West’s studio in Vienna. © Archiv Franz West, © Estate Franz West. Photo © Jens Preusse

Franz West at David Zwirner

Franz West, Symbol, 1999 (foreground), in West’s studio in Vienna. © Archiv Franz West, © Estate Franz West. Photo © Jens Preusse


David Zwirner Gallery
24 Grafton Street
London W1S 4EZ

David Zwirner London presents an exhibition of sculptures and works on paper from 1972 to 2004 by Austrian artist Franz West (1947–2012). Spanning his more than four-decade-long career, the exhibition offers an overview of the artist’s singular and influential body of work, and, in particular, his radical repositioning of traditional notions of sculpture.

Emerging in Vienna in the early 1970s, West developed a unique aesthetic that engaged equally high and low reference points and often privileged social interaction as an intrinsic component of his work. By playfully manipulating everyday materials and imagery in novel ways, he created objects that served to redefine art as a social experience, calling attention to the ways in which art is presented to the public, and how viewers interact with works of art and with each other.