Peter Fischli (*1952) and David Weiss (1946–2012) have created sculptures, videos, site-specific installations, projections and photographs. Their broad conceptual and artistic œuvre engages with the world of everyday life. With wit, subtlety, gentle irony and modesty, they question the mechanisms of artistic authorship, the value-added cycles of the art world, the symbolic value of artworks and the role of the viewer. Peter Fischli has continued the duo’s work alone since the death of David Weiss. The Zurich-based artists have been associated with the gallery since 1983.
THE 80s. ART OF THE EIGHTIES
Albertina Modern, Vienna
Through February 13, 2022
The 80s are the most important decade for the art of our age. For the first time, art was no longer determined by an all-dominant style, such as abstraction or Pop. The 80s stand out for an unprecedented stylistic pluralism that resorted to the picture pool of past decades: the 80s were the cradle of Postmodernism. After the years of Minimalism and Conceptual Art, the New Wild Ones satisfied the hunger for pictures with their Neo-Expressionist painting. Jeff Koons discovered kitsch. Francesco Clemente resorted to ancient mythology, while Julian Schnabel shattered the picture proper with his material collages. Cindy Sherman and Robert Longo sought to disappoint expectations as to permanent artistic innovation by attacking the fetish of art’s originality. Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring became the epitome of artistic nonconformity. The feminist art of Barbara Kruger and Jenny Holzer declared war on male dominance and the obsessed consumerism of American society. And for the first time, Austrian art, such as that of Franz West, Brigitte Kowanz, and Erwin Wurm, seamlessly blended in with contemporary international art.Link