Synopses & Reviews
Since the late 1970s, the Swiss conceptualists Fischli & Weiss have worked collaboratively to produce surprising, witty and oftentimes devious works in a range of media including sculpture, film, photography and installation. This comprehensive black-and-white index of the artists' work from the 1970s till 2003, with text in German only, contains a complete exhibition history, bibliography and filmography. It is an invaluable resource, and brings together an oeuvre influenced by Pop and Conceptual art, Dada and Surrealism that has always managed to defy categorization even while making a superbly deep impression.
This little gem is the fourth edition of the catalogue to Suddenly This Overview, the influential Fischli & Weiss exhibition of unfired clay objects which took place in December and January of 1981 and 82. That exhibition represented the first major collaboration between the artists, who have since become two of the most influential figures on the international scene. In this pocket-sized volume, the small, very hand-made-looking clay sculptures are reproduced in low-tech black-and-white and accompanied by the amusing descriptive captions with which they were originally exhibited. Thus a little man on a bicycle comes with the caption, Dr. Hoffmann on the first LSD trip, while two figures walking along a sidewalk with guitars are described, Mick Jagger and Brian Jones going home satisfied after composing I can't get no satisfaction. Classic.