Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Peter Fischli David Weiss: How to Work Better

This retrospective is titled after the name of a piece of Fischli and Weiss's artwork which  also appears on the streets of New York from February 5 to May 1 as a part of this show. That  is a readymade artwork which has been hand-painted on a building.

When you first step into this exhibition, you see the sculpture Rat and Bear placed in the middle of the hall. These two characters were used in other works of Fischli and Weiss’s. Follow the spiral of Guggenheim Museum and you can see the artists' works in sequence: Walls, Corners, Tubes; Suddenly This Overview; The Way Things Go; Visible World; Polyurethane Objects and Rubber Sculptures. From these works, you can easily perceive the key elements of their works: their subject is based on insignificant ordinary things to discuss serious questions and they prefer to work in series. All of them are really stimulating people to involve into the thinking of art and making this process of thinking into their art works.

The curators didn’t place the works  in chronological order in this retrospective. This decision in some degree fits the artists' idea very well: they are not constantly changing their idea of art but keep finding new things to enrich it. Anyway, if you felt that art is not that serious and even got the impulse of making art after you saw it,  this means  their art really works.

Rat and Bear
Photo: David M. Heald

Suddenly This Overview
Photo: David M. Heald

Walls, Corners, Tubes
Photo: David M. Heald

Polyurethane Objects and Rubber Sculptures
Photo: David M. Heald

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