“It doesn’t matter what the art looks like but how it’s used,” the artist Franz West once said.
Franz West was born in Vienna in 1947 and began his career in the mid 1960s. His earliest work came as a response to the Actionism movement then popular in Vienna, whereby artists rejected the commodification of art by staging “actions” or performances to pre-arranged scores. West’s work included portable sculptures called “adaptives” made out of papier-mache and other materials; he later worked on furniture and other interior pieces meant to transform an exhibition space. He died in 2012.
West’s work is on view as part of the New Skin exhibition at the Aïshti Foundation, Jal el Dib