With the passing of the Swiss artist David Weiss, who died on April 27 at the age of sixty-six following a battle with cancer, the world has lost one of the greatest artists of our time.
Weiss’s death marks the closing of one of contemporary art’s enduring partnerships—a prolific collaboration with the Swiss artist Peter Fischli that began in 1979 and would continue for thirty-three years. Fischli/Weiss created some of the richest, most memorable, and most profoundly human work of the past three decades. The American critical theorist Fredric Jameson famously observed that our postmodern era is marked by a “waning of affect”—a loss of sincerity and authenticity, and their replacement by irony.
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