Monday, February 8, 2016

Fischli and Weiss: Anarchy at the Guggenheim


A still from Fischli and Weiss’s short film “The Least Resistance.” Credit Peter Fischli and David Weiss.
...The Swiss duo of Peter Fischli and David Weiss, who began at the end of the 20th century, have been the Nichols and May of contemporary art, using humor to pry into some very serious aspects of the human condition, in a deeply admired body of work in film, photography and sculpture that, as Mr. Fischli describes it, “was never afraid of the stupid joke, the joke that’s so bad it’s embarrassing.” In 2012, their partnership came to an untimely end with Mr. Weiss’s death from cancer, at 65. But in the last months of his life, he and Mr. Fischli had begun planning an American retrospective. “How to Work Better,” with its opening on Friday, Feb. 5, at the Guggenheim Museum, is the first New York survey of their highly influential career and an exhibition that keeps the pair’s anarchic vaudeville routine romping across the stage for another round. The New York Times.