Franz West. Work 1972-2008
To Build a House You Start with the Roof
Darsie Alexander, Tom Eccles, Rachel Harrison and Eric Banks
The MIT Press, Cambridge Massachusetts, 2008
out of print
There is no easy way to define Franz West’s art: it is fundamentally sculptural in its construction, veers frequently toward the biomorphic and prosthetic, mines the intellectualism of Freud and Wittgenstein, and possesses an awkward beauty that speaks with equal fluency to the tradition of painterly abstraction and the aesthetics of trash art. West’s distinctive vision has resulted in one of the most remarkable bodies of work produced since the 1960s. This book, with more than 160 color images, offers a comprehensive look at West’s work from the 1970s to the present. A unique blend of illustration, essays, interviews, and artist’s pages, it accompanies a major retrospective, and includes a new piece created specifically for the exhibition, an interview with the artist, a concentrated section on West’s working methods, an artist’s response to the work through words and images, and an extensive chronology and bibliography.