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IN ITS OWN LIGHT: PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF ED COHEN & VICTORIA SHAW

Joseph Beuys
BRAUNKREUZ
Estimate
60,00080,000
LOT SOLD. 68,750 USD
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IN ITS OWN LIGHT: PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF ED COHEN & VICTORIA SHAW

Joseph Beuys
BRAUNKREUZ
Estimate
60,00080,000
LOT SOLD. 68,750 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Contemporary Curated featuring works from “In Its Own Light: Property from the Collection of Ed Cohen and Victoria Shaw”

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Joseph Beuys
1921 - 1986
BRAUNKREUZ
oil and fat on prepared card
Diameter: 8 1/2 in. 21.6 cm.
Framed: 25 1/2 by 20 1/4 in. 64.8 by 51.4 cm.
Executed in 1964.
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Provenance

Anthony d'Offay Gallery, London
Gift of the above to the present owner in 1991

Exhibited

London, Anthony d'Offay Gallery, Beuys, Klein, Rothko: Transformation and Prophecy, June - July 1987, cat. no. 8, p. 45, illustrated in color

Literature

Germano Celant, Beuys Tracce in Italia, Naples 1978, pl. 162, p. 159, illustrated 

Catalogue Note

"Influenced by the writing of Johann Gottlieb Fichte and Friedrich Schiller, it takes as its basis the self-determination of man. But where he reassessed the idealist assumptions underpinning his concept of art, Beuys was convinced that the Ego is, in its behavior toward itself, able to lock into that need for freedom which is also at the source of human creativity within the social and political body. By returning into itself, the Ego is able to experience its free independent activity (Selbsttätigkeit) as a creative/formative occurrence and is then willfully able to undertake such activity as the process of shaping the life-world. The return into the Ego, Beuys believed, initially ensured that the 'perceptual field' was turned 'inward' and thus empowers the Ego to experience 'its own free independent activity consciously.' The expansion of the perceptual field inwards enabled the Ego to cross a 'threshold of freedom' and in doing so recognized 'the connection between inner and outer worlds'...'" 

Max Reithmann, "In the Rubblefield of German History: Questions for Joseph Beuys," in Gene Ray, Ed., Joseph Beuys: Mapping the Legacy, New York 2001, p. 139

Contemporary Curated featuring works from “In Its Own Light: Property from the Collection of Ed Cohen and Victoria Shaw”

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New York