FRANZ WEST WORKS
Materia: Monografías de arte contemporáneo
This book, presenting a vast collection of unpublished early works, offers a fresh look at the genesis of West’s oeuvre, his exploration of Beuys, Freud, and Wittgenstein and of the philosophy of language and trivial culture. He begins to use his “private” handwriting as a visual element, toys with techniques and materials (drawing, collage, overwriting, stone, plaster, wood), seeks means of expressing his disgust with latent everyday fascism, and attempts to come to terms with his conflicts with authority and the law. In his later works, West, who provoked many ruptures and shifts during his career—which ultimately erupted into fame—elaborated many formal and conceptual decisions of his early works. Here, the book reveals something that has heretofore remained in the shadows: West’s loyalty to himself and his beginnings as a troublemaking crossover artist.