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Erwin Wurm

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ISBN 10: 383219259X / ISBN 13: 9783832192594
Published by Dumont Buchverlag Gmbh Okt 2009, 2009
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Neuware - Erwin Wurm has worked for over twenty five years on a multifaceted oeuvre that can be interpreted as a 'continuous research on the concept of sculpture.' For Wurm, who is now among the most successful contemporary artists, everything can become a sculpture: actions, written or drawn instructions and even thoughts. The artist examines the threshold between the diverse layers of actions, performances and sculpture, and translates into the contemporary media world. He has increasingly made videos in recent years that are being published and analysed for the first time in this book. Wurm became known to a wider audience through his 'One minute sculptures' and his 'Fat sculptures'. 'Humour is a weapon,' he once said. Erwin Wurm knows how to make use of it peaceably, but also very pointedly. - Touring exhibition at important venues - Comprehensive survey of his works to the present - Book concept developed together with the artist; designed by Christian Boros Erwin Wurm Born 1954 in Bruck an der Mur, Austria. Authors Helmut Friedel, director of the Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich; Franz Schuh, author; Stephan Berg, director of the Kunstmuseum Bonn Exhibition Erwin Wurm Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus Munich (from September 2009) Further venues: Kunstmuseum Bonn, Essl Museum, Klosterneuburg Vienna 334 pp. Englisch. Bookseller Inventory # 9783832192594

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Title: Erwin Wurm

Publisher: Dumont Buchverlag Gmbh Okt 2009

Publication Date: 2009

Binding: Buch

Book Condition:Neu

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Austrian artist Erwin Wurm has continually found inventive and witty answers to the question “what is sculpture?” Over the course of 25 years, Wurm has built up a multifaceted oeuvre that might be described as a research enterprise into the medium's expanded possibilities―but which is a lot more pointedly witty than such a description suggests. He became known to a wider audience in the late 1980s, through his absurdist one-minute sculptures, in which the artist or other performers (often volunteers solicited through newspaper ads) acted out strange feats in unusual settings―diving headlong into a crate, legs flailing, doing push-ups balancing on four teacups, or simply standing with asparagus stuffed in each nostril. Wurm has also garnered acclaim for his fascinatingly grotesque “fat sculptures” of overweight houses and bulging cars. Wurm's humor is akin to Roman Signer or Fischli and Weiss in its swiftness of impact and its almost childlike simplicity. Now among the most popular artists on the international art circuit, Wurm can transform all manner of objects and occasions into sculpture: physical actions, written or drawn instructions, even thoughts. With essays and plentiful reproductions, this hefty volume makes a definitive statement on Wurm's transformations of contemporary sculpture.

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