Fischli Weiss: flowers & questions : a retrospective

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Tate, 2006 - Art - 360 pages
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Since 1979, Peter Fischli and David Weiss have been cheerfully celebrating the banality of everyday existence and, in the process, rising to the forefront of the contemporary international art world. Their work deliberately ignores the traditional distinction between high and low art, and employs a wide variety of media, including photography, film, video, artists books, installation, and sculpture. Featuring over 200 color illustrations arranged in spreads designed by the artists, "Flowers & Questions" is the most thorough survey to date of one of the most fascinating and varied careers in contemporary art. The book includes contributions from a wide range of writers, critics, artists, and filmmakers, including leading art critic Arthur C. Danto, cult filmmaker John Waters, curator and writer Hans Ulrich Obrist, and artist Tacita Dean.

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About the author (2006)

Peter Fischli and David Weiss were both born in Zurich, Switzerland--Fischli in 1952 and Weiss in 1946. They began to work collaboratively in 1979, and had their first solo exhibition in 1981 at the Galerie Balkon in Geneva. Solo exhibitions of their work have been organized by the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, among others. They represented Switzerland in both the 1995 and 2003 Venice Biennales, winning the Golden Lion award in 2003, and were included in the 1987 and 1997 Documentas. They live and work in Zurich.

David M. Weiss has been active in the brokerage industry for more than thirty-five years. Currently an independent consultant and lecturer, he was formerly the director of business, industry, and product training for a major international investment bank, vice president of new products for a primary marketplace, and chief operations officer of a broker dealer as well as holding other management positions.

Bice Curiger is a curator at Kunsthaus Zurich. She is cofounder and editor-in-chief of "Parkett" magazine and co-editor of "Tate Etc" magazine.

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