Rest, a site-specific installation by the Austrian artist Franz West returns to view with the arrival of spring at Dia Center for the Arts, 548 West 22nd Street, New York, April 27, 1995 through June 25, 1995. The installation had its debut in the fall and concludes with the summer recess. Franz West has installed twenty-seven welded steel couches and accompanying tables on the rooftop at Dia. Hours are Thursday through Sunday, 12 noon to 6 p.m.
Inviting the viewer to participate and interact with his objects, West speaks to two audiences: both to those who appreciate the conceptual and art historical strategies he employs in his art making, and to those who simply enjoy the works utilitarian properties. The slip covers for the couches (designed and fabricated by collaborator Gilbert Brettenbauer), have been sewn into bold patterns of black and white, reflecting the urban landscape, in both its physical and cultural characteristics. A Version, a video by collaborator Bernhard Riff, will be on view in the Video Salon throughout the duration of the exhibition.
West began making Paßstücke(Fitting Pieces) in 1976, and metal sculpture/furniture in the mid-eighties. During that decade he exhibited widely in Europe and elsewhere, representing Austria at the Venice Biennale in 1990. In 1989 a large show of his work was presented at The Institute for Contemporary Art, P.S. 1 Museum, in Long Island City. From September 17–October 22, 1994, he will be showing new work at the David Zwirner Gallery in New York.
Funding for this project has been provided by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the Austrian Cultural Institute, New York, and the Austrian Ministry of Education and Art. It originated at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and has been reconceived for Dia.
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