Joseph Beuys

Arena - where would I have got if I had been intelligent

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Joseph Beuys
Arena - where would I have got if I had been intelligent

Ed. Lynne Cooke, Karen Kelly, preface by Charles B. Wright, text(s) by Lynne Cooke, Christopher Phillips

German, English

1994. 296 pp., 151 ills.

hardcover

22.90 x 30.70 cm

ISBN 978-3-89322-630-6

Joseph Beuys' installation "Arena" consists of 100 panels featuring several hundred photographs from the artist's works between the late 40's and 1972. Not so much a documentation as an entreaty and not so much an autobiographical report as an allegorical portrait, "Arena" tells in pictures of his actions, performances, objects and sketches of the development and work of the magical artist Beuys. Like many of his works, "Arena" was constantly modified and developed over the years. An earlier version showed Beuys in Edinburgh in 1970. In 1972 he framed, extended and rearranged the panels for further exhibitions in conjunction with other actions in Naples and Rome (1972/73). The Dia Center for the Arts in New York, which includes "Arena" in its present collection, now attempts once again to give the "Beuys' spirit" free reign in an exhibition of his work in their own rooms. For the first time, this book documents this "interpretive act". (German edition out of print)

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