Franz West


Through co-authorship and collaboration as well as through the re-launching of works from various creative phases and involvement by other artists, West introduced a subversive and often humorous form of play with the way authorship is attributed to artworks.

With this in mind, it is important to note another work by West, named Extroversion. In this work, West practically turned the walls of his studio kitchen inside out. Made by friends, colleagues, and co-workers, it involves 43 different artistic works that similarly upend themselves.

While retaining their autonomy, they also come together to form a larger, more complex work of art. In addition, Extroversion also introduces a new and exciting aspect of West’s experience and treatment of space and architecture, one that concretely explores his approach toward space and architecture.

Featuring the work of over 25 artists including Douglas Gordon, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Mike Kelley, and Sarah Lucas.

Published on the occasion of the exhibition, Franz West: ARTISTCLUB at 21er Haus, Vienna, 14 December 2016 – 23 April 2017.

English and German text.

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