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  • Joseph Beuys

    Anthony D’Offay

    While the location of Joseph Beuys’ thinking varies between street and study, thematically his sculpture seems to be undergoing some alarming temporal fluctuation. This recent installation, Dernier espace avec introspecteur (last space with introspector) features his Fettstuhl, an artist’s stool covered with wax, now 24 years old, as well as childhood reminiscences of the Schwanenburg Castle in Cleves, reduced to rubble during the war. At first the dating of the piece, “1964–1982,” suggests a Proustian reminiscence, a desire to fox art history by doubling back while remaining within an avant-garde,

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