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Edited by: Peter Weibel Texts by: Michael Newman, Paulo Herkenhoff, Maia Damianovic, Christine Macel, Jérome Sans, Peter Weibel German, English Februar 2002, 280 Pages, 363 Ills. Softcover 290mm x 238mm
ISBN: 978-3-7757-1181-4

Erwin Wurm, one of Austria's most important and internationally famous sculptors, has been preoccupied with expanding the concept of sculpture since the eighties. In his "One Minute Sculptures", for example - temporary, grotesquely comic works - he invites the spectator to become a sculpture, even providing various kinds of accessories for the purpose. What remains are photographs or videos showing a single moment in the short life of these sculptures. Erwin Wurm's utilization of the media of photography and video is highly distinctive and enables him to include not only the classical parameters of sculpture - gravity, weight, static equilibrium, stability, materiality, form - but additionally the parameter of time. Human bodies in combination with objects and positions they can only hold only for a few moments are an ideal means of extending sculpture into the realm of the media. This volume, illustrated mainly in colour, provides a condensed survey of Erwin Wurm's work since the early nineties. The artist: Erwin Wurm, born 1954 in Bruck an der Mur, Austria. Numerous exhibitions at galleries and museums, including the 1990 Venice Biennale. Lives and works in Vienna and New York. Exhibition Schedule: Neue Galerie Graz am Landesmuseum Joanneum January 25 - March 31, 2002 • Centre national de la photographie, Paris May 29 - August 26, 2002 • Galleria d' Arte Moderna Bologna September 26 - December 1, 2002 • ZKM Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe January 10 - March 16, 2003PETER WEIBEL (* 1944, Odessa) is an internationally known media and conceptual artist, curator, and art and media theoretician. Since the 1960s his work has firmly regarded artistic creativity as an open-ended field of activity. He was head of the ZKM, Karlsruhe until 2020. Since 2017 he has been director of the Peter Weibel Research Institute for Digital Culture at the Universität für angewandte Kunst in Vienna.

»Wurm delves head first into the relationship between time and sculptural form.«

BABY Magazine No. 6, Spring 2002