Felix Gonzalez Torres by Nancy SpectorThe artist Felix Gonzales-Torres is the subject of this monograph, published to coincide with a retrospective exhibition of his work organized by the Guggenheim Museum in New York. He is described as one of the most innovative and generous of contemporary artists - his stacks of printed paper and brilliantly-coloured candy are freely available for his audience to take, while his strings of light-bulbs and evocative photographs may be installed to any configuration the owners desire. Gonzalez-Torres invites viewers to project their own ideas, interpretations, or even their dreams onto his poetic work, leading to an artistic collaboration which extends beyond the walls of any gallery.
Fischli-Weiss Exhibit - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Fischli, the show presents more than sculptures, photographs, slide projections and videos. This marvelously entertaining exhibition demonstrates the power of creative fooling around to invigorate and free hearts and minds. At that point Mr. Fischli and Mr. But the refreshing irreverence toward calcified pieties of high art and culture that would drive all their subsequent efforts was succinctly embodied in these sweetly comical and deceptively unassuming pictures. Meeting up again, in Los Angeles in , the artists gave their antiheroic impulses expression in a minute movie starring two anthropomorphic animals, Rat and Bear, played by the artists wearing frowzy, whole-body costumes rented from a Hollywood costume shop. They drive around through city and countryside, visit an art gallery, walk in nature and lounge around a pool.
The building itself is iconic and brilliant and as you wander down the rotunda ramp you wonder why more public art spaces aren't designed this way. Very little of the permanent collection was on display. This was a bit of a disappointment. That said, the Fischli-Weiss retrospective was very interesting. An amazingly prolific pair, the work was primarily sculptural, with a few media displays.
In the art of the 20th century, comedy was tough to come by. Marcel Duchamp and his urinal were the original stand-up act, and Magritte was good for some laughs. But a long, dry stretch followed, through Abstract Expressionism and Minimalism, lightened up in the s only by oddball wits like Ray Johnson and Lee Lozano. The Swiss duo of Peter Fischli and David Weiss, who began at the end of the 20th century, have been the Nichols and May of contemporary art, using humor to pry into some very serious aspects of the human condition, in a deeply admired body of work in film, photography and sculpture that, as Mr. But in the last months of his life, he and Mr. Fischli had begun planning an American retrospective. On a recent snowy, Swiss-like morning, Mr.
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In a New York retrospective, the Swiss artist team alternately indulges and challenges audiences with their videos, photos and sculptures. - Click here to view slideshow.
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Welcome sign in sign up. Not that they were exactly entertainers. One speaks of their partnership in the past tense because, although Fischli is sixty-three, Weiss died in , at sixty-five. In work straddling photography, sculpture, films, installation art, and much else, they were more like wry magicians—and magicians with an underlying moral bent. Gentle, playful, and ironic, they sought to reshape ordinary and omnipresent objects and thoughts—without, in the process, losing sight of the ordinariness.