Beuys is Dead: Long Live Beuys! Characterising Volition, Longevity, and Decision-Making in the Work of Joseph Beuys - Tate Research Repository
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Beuys is Dead: Long Live Beuys! Characterising Volition, Longevity, and Decision-Making in the Work of Joseph Beuys

2005

Abstract

Joseph Beuys's use of unconventional materials, such as felt, wax, and fat, characterise his artworks. Whilst museums strive to obtain artists' instructions regarding their objects' life-span and care, Beuys's preferences were largely unrecorded or inconsistent. The three case studies of Beuys works presented here explore museum decision-making when confronted with unclear artist attitudes to conservation intervention, and objects evincing material and conceptual decay.

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