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Thomas Schütte, Untitled (1995)


Walker Art Center



Institution Walker Art Center
German artist Schütte's work varies widely in medium, form, scale, and approach. A contemporary of Reinhard Mucha, whose work is also on display in this gallery, Schütte incorporates multiple aspects of artistic innovations from the 1960s such as Arte Povera's use of conventional materials, Minimalism's formal aesthetic, and Pop Art's use of banal images from daily life.

Untitled is from a body of work entitled United Enemies in which Schütte manipulated fimo clay into a series of grotesque tableaux that eternally bind debased archetypes of power. Displayed upon a cardboard packing tube, the emblematic figures are trapped under a bell jar, invoking specimen inspection. The series speaks to the disillusionment of the state of Germany and, by extension, the ambiguity of post-Cold War powers as deeply different political and economic structures struggle to coexist.

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Source: Label text for Thomas Schütte, Untitled (1995), from the exhibition 100 Years of Sculpture: From the Pedestal to the Pixel, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, February 22-May 24, 1998.
Rights: Copyright 1998 Walker Art Center
Added to Site: March 1, 2009