Joseph Beuys The Reader

ISBN-10: 0262633515

ISBN-13: 9780262633512

Edition: 2007

Authors: Claudia Mesch, Viola Michely, Arthur C. Danto

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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 political ideas, proclaiming "Everyone is an artist," and advocating direct democracy through referenda. He famously worked with such nontraditional materials as felt, fat, and plants and animals both alive and dead. Beuys and his work--performance art, drawing, painting, sculpture, installation--received perhaps the most contentious reception of any postwar artist. This reader brings together the crucial writings on Beuys and his work, presenting key essays by prominent artists and critics from North America and Europe. With a foreword by Arthur C. Danto, "Style and Salvation in the Art of Beuys," Benjamin H. D. Buchloh's now classic 1980 essay, "Beuys, Twilight of the Idol," and influential texts by Vera Frenkel, Thierry de Duve, Rosalind Krauss, Peter Buuml;rger, Irit Rogoff, and others, Joseph Beuys: The Readeris the most significant gathering of critical texts on this challenging artist that has ever been assembled. It will be essential reading for any student of Beuys and for all those interested in postwar art, the cult of the artist, and art's engagement with politics and society. Contributors: Joseph Beuys, Eugen Blume, Benjamin Buchloh, Peter Buuml;rger, Jean-Franccedil;ois Chevrier, Catherine David, Thierry de Duve, Vera Frenkel, Stefan Germer, Rosalind Krauss, Barbara Lange, Dirk Luckow, Claudia Mesch, Viola Michely, Irit Rogoff, Gregory Ulmer, Theodora Vischer, Antje von Graevenitz, and Dorothea Zwirner
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List price: $30.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 8/17/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Art critic and philosopher Arthur C. Danto was born in 1924. He received a B.A. from Wayne State University in 1948 and a M.A. and a Ph.D. from Columbia University, in 1949 and 1952, respectively. He began teaching at Columbia University in 1951 and has been a professor since 1966. He has received many fellowships and grants including two Guggenheims, ACLS, and Fulbright, and has served as Vice-President and President of the American Philosophical Association, as well as President of the American Society for Aesthetics. His book Encounters and Reflections: Art in the Historical Present, a collection of art criticism, won the 1990 National Book Critics Circle Prize for Criticism. He is also the art critic for The Nation and an editor for the Journal of Philosophy.

List of Illustrations
Foreword: Style and Salvation in the Art of Beuys
Editors' Introduction
Beuys and his 'Challengers'
Breaking the Silence Jospeh Beuys on his 'Challenger,' Marcel Duchamp (1995)
Beuys, Haacke, Broodthaers (1988)
Beuys and Broodthaers
Dialectics of Modernity between 'Analytic Geometry and the Belief in an Unbelieving God' (2001)
Letters as Works of Art
Beuys and James Lee Byars (2000, excerpt)
Critics' Perspectives
Beuys: The Twilight of the Idol (1980)
Discontinuous Notes on and after a Meeting of Critics, by One of the Artists Present (1981, excerpt)
Joseph Beuys, or the Last of the Proletarians (1988)
Beuys and the Limits of Iconography
Beuys and Romanticism (1986, excerpt)
No to... Joseph Beuys (1997)
Beuys, Art and Politics
'Questions? You have Questions?'
Joseph Beuys' Artistic Self-Presentation in Fat Transformation Piece/Four Blackboards, 1972 (1996)
Every Man an Artist
Talks at Documenta V by Joseph Beuys (1972, excerpt)
Institutionalizing Social Sculpture
Beuys' Office for Direct Democracy through Referendum Installation, 1972 (1997, excerpt)
Uberblick Series on the Parliamentary Election (1983, excerpt)
Beuys and Postmodernism
Performance: Joseph Beuys (1985, excerpt)
In the Shadow of Jospeh Beuys
Remarks on the Subject of Art and Philosophy Today
Letter to Jean-Francois Chevrier (1997, excerpt)
The Aesthetics of Post-History
A German Perspective (1995, excerpts)
Issues of Reception
The Reception of Joseph Beuys in the USA, and Some of its Cultural/Political and
Artistic Assumptions (1998, excerpt)
Joseph Beuys and the GDR
The Individual as Political (1992)
Joseph Beuys and Surrealism (1997)
Appendix: Keys Dates and Exhibitions
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