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Urs Fischer

Since Fischer began showing his work, in the mid-nineteen-nineties, in Europe, he has produced an enormous number of objects, drawings, collages, and room-size installations. Mentions Massimiliano Gioni. Fischer’s pieces range in size and scale from an ordinary apple and pear to a thirty-foot-high metal tree whose leaves are laser prints of more than two thousand of Fischer’s vivid, slapdash drawings. The New Museum show contains work from the past two years. Five huge cast-aluminum sculptures that are being made in China have been in the works since 2005; one of them is behind schedule and can’t be shipped by boat. Fischer is not a conceptual artist. His work starts with the materials he uses, and the way he shapes them. Dozens of skilled people in Zurich and Shanghai were building and assembling the elements of his New Museum show. Mentions Scipio Schneider. Fischer was born in Zurich in 1973. He moved to Amsterdam in 1993 and had his first solo show at a gallery in Zurich, in 1996. Fischer’s current studio occupies a large warehouse in Red Hook, Brooklyn.


Words by Calvin Tomkins, Onward and Upward with the Arts, “The Imperfectionist,” The New Yorker,

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