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Joseph Beuys: The Reader

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Essential texts on a legendary twentieth-century artist, including key essays by Benjamin H. D. Buchloh, Rosalind Krauss, Peter Bürger, Thierry de Duve, and others.

Twentieth-century artist Joseph Beuys (1921-1986)--legendary and self-mythologizing, enigmatic and controversial--remains an important influence on artists today. Beuys embraced radically democratic artistic and
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Paperback, 352 pages
Published October 1st 2007 by MIT Press (first published June 30th 2007)
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Lewis Manalo
Dec 09, 2009 rated it liked it
No, I didn't read the entire book, but my idea was to read enough to try to understand German scultor Joseph Beuys' work. After reading a little less than half the essays here, it seems like Bueys got a lot of his ideas from misundertanding the ideas of his predecessors. Key misunderstandings (as best outlined in Buchloh's essay) seem to be with Marcel Duchamp and Karl Marx.

I was mostly interested in Beuys' idea of "social sculpture," ("Every man is an artist" so, glibly, society is a sculpture)
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Jun 09, 2011 is currently reading it
I got to read a couple great quotes yesterday about the predatory parasitic modern spider and the classical bee of process, which seems to sum up the Broodthaers-Beuys controversy pretty well. I like Beuys.
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