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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
Media categories
Time-based media, DVD, Video
Materials used
video, black and white, sound, 02:00:15
Mervyn Horton Bequest Fund 2007
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

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 website accessed 7/9/11)

Exhibition history (1)

2008 Biennale of Sydney: revolutions-forms that turn, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 18 Jun 2008–07 Sep 2008