Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Joseph Beuys

Joseph Beuys
Mönchengladbach, Germany: Städtische Museum, 1967
20 x 16 x 3 cm
Edition of 330

The fifth entry in the Beuys Multiples Catalogue Raisonne, and the artist's second boxed work, is a catalogue from his first museum solo exhibition. The show is significant to his career for a number of reasons, but perhaps most importantly because the collector Sammlung Karl Ströher (a cosmetics manufacturer responsible for Wella hair products) purchased the complete installation - along with first refusal rights to buy all of the artists’  future output - for 400,000 DM. Three years later, Ströher lent his collection to the Hessisches Landesmuseum in Darmstadt, and it has been on display ever since. They eventually purchased the work (and many others) years later, and their collection remains the most important public holdings of Beuys’ work.

The cut felt is stamped with oil paint, similar to ...with Browncross, published by Rene Block Editions in 1966.

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