Franz West

Chameleon, 2004

Franz West
Dimensions and medium
1 table and 8 chairs, wood, and metal, Table: 78 cm (height) × 180 .5 cm (diameter); chair: 87 × 45.5 × 56 cm (each)
Artwork description
Franz West’s installation titled Chameleon uses one of the artist’s favourite strategies: concealing the utilitarian nature of an object—in this case, a round table and eight chairs. The primary element of this minimalist work is colour, which, according to the artist’s directives, must be chosen by the exhibition’s curator. Presented as a unifying whole, the colour is applied to the gallery walls, the tabletop, and the seat and back of each chair. By requiring the intervention of another entity— the work’s collector or a museum curator—each time the installation is displayed, West reinforces the importance of color as a way of working against its association as a purely decorative element. Skillfully combining painting and sculpture, this work carries conceptual and existential dimensions which are revisited with each presentation.

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