Franz West Notes

Writings 1975 – 2011

Influential Austrian artist, Franz West (1947-2012) had been writing texts, notes, remarks and aphorisms non-stop since 1977.

He attached these texts to his sculptures, continuing the sculptural expression linguistically without illustrating or explaining.

In places the titles, epithets and texts can raise awareness of the sculpture’s form, in others they can drive the viewer mad or fascinate like the cryptograms of a lingual alchemist.

Texts accompany Franz West’s complete oeuvre. Thus far, more than 200 have been created and they are published here in their entirety for the first time in a newly edited form, as facsimiles and in transcriptions.

The Franz West retrospective exhibition is taking place at Centre Pompidou, Paris (autumn/winter 2018), and at TATE Modern, London (spring/summer 2019).

There was a major Franz West exhibition at The Hepworth Wakefield in 2014.

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