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June 18, 2018

"Snowman" — Peter Fischli and David Weiss

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From the New York Times:

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This summer, "Snowman," a sculpture composed of an actual snowman encased in a glass-door freezer, by Peter Fischli (Swiss, b. 1952) and his longtime collaborator David Weiss (Swiss, 1946–2012), comes to the Museum of Modern Art's Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden as part of Fischli's Artist's Choice presentation.

Here, Fischli borrows a question inscribed on a painting presented outdoors by artist Ben Vautier (French, b. 1935): "If everything is sculpture why make sculpture?"

Initiated in 1989, the Artist's Choice series invites contemporary artists to organize exhibitions drawn from MoMA’s collection.

"Snowman" (2016) is an updated version of a 1987 site-specific work by Fischli and Weiss that was commissioned by a German thermic power plant whose energy — in the form of heat, paradoxically — was used to keep the snowman perpetually frozen.

Though a snowman is, as Fischli observes, a "sculpture that almost anyone can make" simply by rolling three spheres of snow and setting them atop one another, Fischli and Weiss's "Snowman" is dependent on a technically complex apparatus for its year-round subsistence.

Over the course of three decades of collaboration, Fischli and Weiss explored and exploited contradictions such as this one and investigated the extraordinary potential of ordinary objects and situations.

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Wait a sec... what's that book* I'm remembering?

*Fair warning: very graphic, violent, and scary

June 18, 2018 at 12:01 PM | Permalink


Comments

Did you really read that "Snowman" book, like it sort of sounds like you might have, or were you just trying to see who would take the bait and order up?

P.S.
I did.

Posted by: Flautist | Jun 19, 2018 1:34:34 PM

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