The German sculptor Thomas Schütte (born 1954 in Oldenburg) studied at Kunstakademie Dusseldorf under Fritz Schwegler and Gerhard Richter and today lives and works in Dusseldorf. Schütte's work is genre-crossing; he experiments with tradition and its effects in media culture as well as the extension of museum spaces - physically and metaphorically. His early works were sculptures made of dough, clay, and gypsum, while later he turned to… Read more
About the artwork
Thomas Schütte's Alte Freunde (Old Friends) is a remarkable suite of etchings based on a series of small polymer clay sculptures of the same name which the artist made in the early 1990s. Depicted in pairs, the portraits show older men with marked faces, reminiscent of the protagonists of a Shakespearian piece or politicians in a serious debate.