Urs Fischer

Born 1973
Hometown Zürich, Switzerland
Lives and Works Zürich, Switzerland and New York, New York
Education
Schule für Gestaltung, Zürich, Austria

Gagosian Gallery, New York, New York

Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York, New York

Sadie Coles HQ, London, United Kingdom

Swiss artist Urs Fischer is well-known for his installations and sculptures that employ ephemeral materials including food stuffs and wax. He is also a prolific book-maker, and creates paintings and drawings that reflect upon his interest in rendering painterly subjects in sculptural form, regularly working with portraiture, landscapes, and still life. Degradable materials allow Fischer to deliberately manipulate and utilize time as a medium. Some installations employ an obsessive attention to material reminiscent of Pop art—he has rendered entire figurative installations in concrete, cut holes in gallery walls, and silkscreened the four views of household items onto mirrored steel cubes. His artworks mirror the audience’s own mortality, and evoke performance in their poetic decay.


Fischer has exhibited at a number of institutions including The Modern Institute, Glasgow, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, The Brant Foundation Art Study Center, Greenwich, Connecticut, New Museum, New York, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Camden Arts Centre, London, Centre Pompidou, Paris, Santa Monica Museum of Art, California, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, and Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, among many others. He has participated in the Gwangju Biennale (2014), Venice Biennale (2011, 2007, 2003) and the 2006 Whitney Biennial, among others. His work was exhibited publicly in 2014 and 2011 in Seagram Plaza, New York.

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