Erwin Wurm (b. 1954) is a contemporary Austrian artist working across several media. His work has been the subject of numerous museum exhibitions.
He is famous for the One Minute Figures and One Minute Sculptures that he has been making since the late 1980s. In these, he gives instructions to himself, a model or member of the public: the person is asked to perform a certain action, or to interact with an everyday object in a specific way. Falling somewhere between ephemeral sculpture, performance and relational aesthetics, these moments have been documented in photographs, drawings and videos.
Erwin Wurm Photographs is being published to accompany the first retrospective (4 March – 7 June 2020) organized by the Maison Européenne de la Photographie (MEP) of this world-renowned Austrian artist’s photographic work.
It examines the artistic process through which Wurm created many of his major works and series, from his “Dust Sculptures” and “Fabio Getting Dressed” to his influential “One-Minute Sculptures,” and also features his recent large-format Polaroid photographs.
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