Erwin Wurm (b. 1954, Austria) came to prominence with his One Minute Sculptures that challenges the formal qualities of the medium as well as the boundaries between performance and daily life and spectator and participant. While in this series he explores the idea of the human body as sculpture, in some of his more recent work he anthropomorphizes everyday objects in unsettling ways. Wurm considers humor an important tool in his work, there is always an underlying social critique of contemporary culture, particularly in response to the capitalist influences and resulting societal pressures that the artist sees as contrary to our internal ideals. Wurm emphasizes this dichotomy by working within the liminal space between high and low cultures and merging genres to explore what he views as a farcical and invented reality.
Wurm’s works were exhibited at the Tate Modern, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Centre Pompidou in Paris, Lehmann Maupin, Galerie Thaddeus Ropac, and König Galerie amongst many others. In 2017, Wurm represented Austria for the 57th Venice Biennale.