Memorial For Unknown Artist
Memorial For Unknown Artist, 2011
Bronze with steel base
Sculpture: 31" X 36" X 17"
Base: 19" X 43" X 43"
Courtesy of the artist and Donald Young Gallery
Based in Düsseldorf, Germany, Thomas Schütte has produced one of the most influential bodies of work in recent sculpture. With characteristic irony, he has created a memorial that celebrates a very common attribution in the history of art: “unknown artist.” The sculpture was made for an exhibition inspired by the legacy of the once forgotten Swiss modernist author Robert Walser, whose writings in microscopic script were admired by Franz Kafka, Walter Benjamin and others. With exaggerated features, flowing beard, and raised hands, Schütte’s figure evokes an idea of the artist as a mythic figure in the popular imagination.
Thomas Schütte (b.1954, Oldenburg, Germany) lives and works in Düsseldorf. Borrowing from traditional sculptural genres like reclining female or heroic male figures, his work ranges from smaller scale modeled works to monuments and architectural installations. It has been featured in solo exhibitions at Museo de Arte Renia Sofia, Madrid (2010); Haus der Kunst, Munich (2009); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2000); and Dia Arts Center (1999). His work has also been included in Documentas 8 (1987), 9 (1992) and 10 (1997), as well as the 55th Carnegie International, Pittsburgh (2008) and Skulptur Projekte Münster (1987, 1997). In 2007 he was awarded the Fourth Plinth Commission in London’s Trafalgar Square, and in 2005 he received the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale.
the guardian|The Observer
Saturday, September 29, 2012
Thomas Schütte: Faces & Figures – review
Serpentine Gallery, London
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