William Sharp

(United States of America 23 Jan 1936 – 17 Dec 2008)

Joseph Beuys

(Germany 12 May 1921 – 23 Jan 1986)

Joseph Beuys' public dialogue

Not on display
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Producer: Willoughby Sharp.
Camera: Andy Mann.
Shot at the New School for Social Research, New York, 11 January 1974

In this dialogue between the audience and Beuys, recorded at the New School for Social Research in New York, the artist presents his theories of art and social sculpture, filling three huge blackboards with drawings, only to wipe them out again in the end. Audience members include Claes Oldenburg and Al Hansen. The evident tension in the audience gives some indication of the sharply divided response to Beuys' project at the time. The dialogue was Beuys' first ever public event in the United States.
(Electronic Arts Intermix, http://www.eai.org accessed 7/9/11)

Time-based art
digital tape (betacam) shown as single channel digital video, black and white, sound
duration: 02:00:15 hr; aspect ratio: 4:3
Mervyn Horton Bequest Fund 2007
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