In 1995 the Austrian Franz West transformed the terraces of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles into a glorious salon, with ranks of metal sofas draped with bright African fabrics – a new kind of public art for weary museum visitors. Drawing inspiration from the history of art, psychoanalysis, and a socially interactive type of art, West’s work is at once both personal and public. This text examines the artist’s work, and discusses the influence of Freud and Wittgenstein. The book features an interview with West, and a concentration on his work “Etude de couleur”. This was an important signpost for the artist’s oeuvre of recent times. The artist himself also contributes writings, including a sculptural text constructed like one of his sculptures. The book is part of a series of studies of important artists of the late-20th century. Each title offers a comprehensive survey of the artist’s work, providing analyses and multiple perspectives on contemporary art and its inspiration.