The Essential Joseph Beuys

The Essential Joseph Beuys
Library Shelf Location 18.BEUY
Publication Date 1996


  • The essay by Alain Borer `A lament for Joseph Beuys' originally appeared as `Deploration de Joseph Beuys' in the catalogue `Joseph Beuys' Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre George Pompidou, Paris, 1994.
  • Includes Select bibliography.
  • Essay by Alain Borer translated from the French by Elaine Briggs; all other texts translated from the German by Anne Heritage.


  • Subject to passionate controversy during his lifetime, the work of Joseph Beuys is now considered one of the most significant and influential contributions to twentieth-century fine arts. This book provides a survey of Beuys's oeuvre, which he viewed as part of a larger, philosophically based practice emphasising direct democracy, free access to education and the restructuring of society to meet ecological requirements. A total of 152 works from Beuys's many fields of activity - drawings and watercolours, prints and multiples, sculpture and objects, spaces and actions - are arranged in chronological order, demonstrating the artist's formal versatility, creative richness and conceptual depth. The peculiar poetry of the materials Beuys used - felt, grease, honey, wax, copper and sulfur - emerges along with the gentle melancholy suffusing the work of this sensitive agent provocateur. Alain Borer analyses Beuys's motivation with special reference to the artist's written and spoken statements. The book is an informed introduction to the artistic work and conceptual world of Joseph Beuys, for anyone interested in art.


ISBN 9780500092675
Quantity 1
Pages 239 p.: 83 b&w ill., 77 col. ill.; 31.5 cm.
Author Alain Borer
Format Hardback
Publisher Thames and Hudson Ltd, London
Related Artist Joseph Beuys
Categories Artist (relating to a single artist/collaborative team), Sculpture, Painting, Drawing
Keywords social change, politcally engaged, socialism, Watercolours
Artist's Nationality German
Language English

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