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|Genre/Form:||Criticism, interpretation, etc|
|Named Person:||Joseph Beuys; Joseph Beuys|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
Alain Borer; Joseph Beuys; Lothar Schirmer
|Description:||239 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 32 cm|
|Other Titles:||Joseph Beuys|
|Responsibility:||Alain Borer ; edited by Lothar Schirmer.|
The Essential Joseph Beuys was inspired by the idea of an imaginary Beuys exhibition unhampered by the problems connected with actual exhibitions, e.g., those of geography, insurance, fragility, and the concerns of lenders. The book provides a definitive survey of the artist's work in every medium in which he worked - drawings and watercolors, sculptures and objects, environments and actions, and multiples and printed works. Arranged chronologically and covering the four decades he was active (1945-1985), the book reflects the changes in Beuys' choice of register, from the soliloquy of his early days to the dialogue of his period as a teacher to the powerful language of his public lectures to international audiences. In this introductory essay, "A Lament for Joseph Beuys," Alain Borer summarizes the artist's oeuvre, drawing out themes of great complexity and relating them to Beuys' artistic and social milieus.