Art/ Collection/ Art Object

In the Carpet Shop

Artist:
Peter Fischli (Swiss, born 1952)
Artist:
David Weiss (Swiss, 1946–2012)
Date:
1979
Medium:
Chromogenic print
Dimensions:
20.6 x 29.9 cm (8 1/8 x 11 3/4 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 1992
Accession Number:
1992.5026
Not on view
In 1979 the Swiss artist team Fischli and Weiss began their long collaboration with the "Wurstserie," composed of photographs documenting fanciful scenes featuring sausages and other meat products. Here an assortment of cold cuts become piles of rugs, while a trio of gherkins become discerning customers in a "carpet shop." In playing with their food in this imaginative way, Fischli and Weiss produced a scene that is wonderfully silly and cleverly irreverent in its gleeful transgression of one of the cardinal rules of childhood.
Galerie Ghislaine Hussenot

Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College. "Making Light: Wit and Humor in Photography," April 6, 2000–June 11, 2000.

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