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Joseph Beuys

Author: Claudia Mesch
Publisher: London, UK : Reaktion Books, 2017. ©2017
Series: Critical lives (London, England)
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Joseph Beuys is arguably the most important and most controversial German artist of the late twentieth century. This book illuminates two defining threads in Beuys's life and art: the centrality of trauma, and his sustained investigation of the very notion of art itself. Many of Beuys's artworks are autobiographical in content. His self-woven legend of rescue and redemption still strikes many as an inappropriate  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Biographies
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Mesch, Claudia.
Joseph Beuys
(OCoLC)956626286
Named Person: Joseph Beuys; Joseph Beuys
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Claudia Mesch
ISBN: 9781780237824 1780237820
OCLC Number: 1004555373
Description: 1 online resource (152 pages) : illustrations
Contents: The bad father --
Crisis and Catholicism --
Performance, autobiography, 'life course/work course' --
Romantic science, medicine, shamanism --
Activism and party politics --
The artist's image and 'block'.
Series Title: Critical lives (London, England)
Responsibility: Claudia Mesch.

Abstract:

Joseph Beuys is arguably the most important and most controversial German artist of the late twentieth century. This book illuminates two defining threads in Beuys's life and art: the centrality of trauma, and his sustained investigation of the very notion of art itself. Many of Beuys's artworks are autobiographical in content. His self-woven legend of rescue and redemption still strikes many as an inappropriate fantasy, located as it is in the harrowing context of the Second World War. Beuys's self-mythology confronted the post-traumatic, foregrounding his struggle for psychic recovery. This led to his efforts to extend the purview of Western art, freeing artists after him to work in a thoroughly interdisciplinary way. His notion of activism-as-art has become predominant in contemporary art of the twenty-first century. Exploring Beuys's expansive conception of art and following him into the realms of science, politics and spirituality, this book attributes extraordinary importance to Beuys's myth-making as a positive force in the post-war confrontation of Germany's past.

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