Franz West may be one of the most important sculptors in contemporary art, but he had mostly a Europe-based career. In 2009 he took on one of his few major American projects: The installation design of the museum’s Art of the Pacific collection galleries, as shown in this picture.
This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast remembers 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.