Joseph Beuys. Untitled III. 1948-81

Joseph Beuys Untitled III 1948-81

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These vitrines typify the unique way Beuys formed ensembles of his work for individual collectors. They include a diverse array of sculptures made between 1948 and 1982 involving found objects, felt or fat, and other organic materials. Their formal associations stem from the rhythm of echoing shapes, colors, or configurations. Many of these items are relics from the public performances, or "actions," that were a central part of Beuys's practice.

The original owner of the vitrines worked closely in concert with Beuys both in building his collection over the course of twenty years and finalizing its presentation in these glass cases in 1982. Beuys designed each vitrine to evoke the thick, heavy body and long spindly legs of a stag, an animal that, along with the hare, he often employed as an alter-ego. Here the vitrines are installed in slightly irregular fashion, an implicit reference to their potential for animation.

Gallery label from Focus: Joseph Beuys, 2008.
Medium
Glass, wood, and metal display case containing (left to right): Untitled, 1974: stamped board, wooden blocks with pencil and ink, wooden boxes with honeycomb, and white tin can with asphalt; Untitled, c. 1964: bacon rind, fabric, and rubber band; Sheep (Schaf), 1948: brass; Disc (Scheibe), 1976: cardboard and oil paint; Untitled, 1972-81: fat, wax, and copper doorstop, in five parts; Untitled, 1958-59: plastic, fat, pencil, and tuning fork; Kings Head (Königskopf), 1962: zinc plate and stone; Tram (Strassenbahn), c. 1956-57: sticky foil, linen, oil paint, and pencil in a shoe box; Concert Mönchengladbach (Konzert Mönchengladbach), 1970: cassette player in leather case
Dimensions
79 x 91 1/2 x 26 1/2" (200.7 x 232.4 x 67.3 cm)
Credit
Gift of Maja Oeri and Hans Bodenmann
Object number
1150.2007.c
Copyright
© 2019 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Department
Painting and Sculpture

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