Yesterday I posted a picture of Franz West’s late masterpiece The Ego and the Id (2008), one of the most exuberant sculptures in recent memory. The image I shared was from the debut of the work, the installation of the work indoors at the Baltimore Museum of Art on the occasion of West’s first American retrospective in 2008.
The next year, The Ego and the Id traveled to New York, where the Public Art Fund took it outdoors, to Central Park.
This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast remembers Franz West, who died two weeks ago at age 65. West was one of European art’s most Puckish innovators. His art was playful and sly — he often encouraged viewers to pick up and play with or to sit down on his work — but it was also deeply rooted in the intellectual history of Vienna, his lifelong hometown.
Joining me to discuss West’s life and work is Darsie Alexander, the chief curator at the Walker Art Center and the organizer of that 2008 retrospective.
Image: Franz West, The Ego and The Id (detail), 2008 as installed in Central Park, New York, by the Public Art Fund.