Erwin Wurm, Performative drinking sculpture – Pollock cabinet, 2011, wood, metal and glass, 59 7/8 x 29 1/8 x 18 1/8 inches, Courtesy of the artist; Xavier Hufkens, Brussels; Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg and Paris; and Lehmann Maupin, New York
Viennese art-prankster Erwin Wurm makes his American museum solo debut with Beauty Business, an exhibition focusing on the artist’s participatory Drinking Sculptures and domestic objects, at the Bass Museum of Art. Furniture is manipulated into ironic self-service bars, hoodies are comically cast on ghostly bodies, and sweaters are stretched over armatures to construct abstract forms that conjure visions of the surreal. Visitors are also encourage to create a sweater sculpture by pulling their wooly coverings over their heads and the curves of the body are suggested in massive cut-up pieces of Wurm’s Fat House installation. Amusing yet enigmatic, Wurm’s work has the power to confound the viewer while inviting a new interpretation of art.