Peter Fischli and David Weiss are consummate innovators. They have moved from medium to medium, deconstructing and rearranging materials and subject matter to create a unique body of work. Since the early 1980s, Fischli and Weiss have quietly revolutionized sculpture, video, and photography. Their aesthetic is dedicated to exploring the commonplace, finding the humor, beauty, and fragility therein.
In 1988, Fischli and Weiss began working on an ongoing series of airport photographs. At first glance, the images appear to be tourist snapshots. However, as critic Robert Fleck writes in the duo’s Phaidon monograph, “The images are so strictly constructed and so iconographically innovative…that they introduced a refreshing shock of oxygen into the closed atmosphere of art photography and into contemporary art as a whole, and have now acquired the status of contemporary icons.”
Fischli and Weiss have had solo exhibitions at the Tate Modern, the Walker Art Center, the Centre Georges Pompidou, and the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, among many others.
Untitled (Airport), 2008
Panoramic five-color lithographic print, printed from aluminum plates on three identical sheets of Zerkall Büttenpaper (300 g)
Each: 51 1/4 × 33 in (130 × 84 cm); overall: 51 1/2 × 99 1/4 in (130 × 252 cm)
Edition of 36 with 12 APs
Signed and numbered
Printed by J.E. Wolfensberger AG, Switzerland
Published by Carolina Nitsch for the New Museum