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Katarina Fritsch

14 January 2011


Well I'm looking forward to seeing the Katarina Fritsch piece on the 4th plinth in Trafalgar Square.  I first saw her work when I was working at the Southbank Centre on the Doubletake exhibition at  the Hayward, back in the late 80's- early 90's.  She had a solo exhibition at the Dia in NY when I was living there in 93 or so.  I bought a postcard of the Rattenkonig piece above, and have it still in my studio.  Recently my little boy showed me a picture of a real rattenkonig in his Guinness book of records - quite disturbing.  It's when a group of young rats get their tails tangled together and by pulling they tighten the central knot and all starve to death in a ring.  It has a grisly fascination.  Katarina Fritsch's sculpture is oddly sterile with identical resin or polypropelene  rats who tower over the viewers with their tails in the middle.


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