RIP Franz West. A few years ago we were proud to have mounted his exhibition Franz West, To Build a House You Start with the Roof: Work, 1972–2008. West also designed the casework and seating in our permanent galleries for art from the Pacific Islands, on view in the Ahmanson Building’s first level.
Franz West, Sisyphos IX, 2002, Papiermâché, Styrofoam, cardboard, lacquer, acrylic paint, 68.5 x 59.8 x 44.1 in. The Rachofsky Collection, Dallas, © Franz West
Fondly remembering how AC and I took every opportunity to experience this show.
More recently, I mistook one of West’s sculptures at the Albright-Knox as a “touch” work, and true to form, took it upon myself to explain the work’s interactive nature to the boyfriend and his mom, until they quickly pointed out the “Do NOT touch” sign. Was humbled for a moment, but then felt like West was somewhere chuckling to himself, and as I do while experiencing many of his works, smiled at the thought.
RIP, Franz West.