This text is the official catalogue for the first solo exhibition of German artist Thomas Schutte's work in London, presented at the Whitechapel Art ... Show synopsis This text is the official catalogue for the first solo exhibition of German artist Thomas Schutte's work in London, presented at the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London in January 1998 and touring to the Du Pont Foundation, Tilburg, Netherlands and the Museum of Modern Art in Oporto, Portugal. Schutte makes sculptures which vary from giant, candy coloured cherries, to fairytale miniaturized castles. He manipulates size, materials, and scenarios which are uncannily familiar. His subject matter features the essentials of everyday life, including food, shelter, and of course art. Schutte creates a museum that incinerates art, potatoes made of bronze, and his own ready made audience of wooden figures, two headed hybrids or metal clad robots. He has also built a series of models of institutions and monuments; their eclectic array of architectural typologies suggest De Chirico like metaphysical spaces. Shutte's poetic yet dysfunctional utopias have been celebrated in exhibitions and public commissions throughout Europe and America. The book is part of a series of studies of important artists of the late-20th century. Each title offers a comprehensive survey of the artist's work, providing analyses and multiple perspectives on contemporary art and its inspiration.
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