Monday, April 18, 2011

Joseph Beuys

“PERFORMANCE ART: FROM FUTURISM TO THE PRESENT”
BY GOLDBERG & ROSELEE (Thames & Hudson, New York, 2001)
(pgs. 149-151)

The German artist believed that art should effectively transform people’s everyday lives. He too resorted to dramatic actions and lectures in an attempt to change consciousness.

‘We have to revolutionize human thought’, he said, ‘First of all revolution takes place within man. When man is really a free, creative being who can produce something new and original, he can revolutionize time.’

To Beuys, this transformation remained a key in his actions. His idea of
‘social sculpture’, consisting of lengthy discussions with large gatherings of people in various contexts was a means primarily to extend the definition of art beyond specialist activity.’

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