Bettina Funcke on Joseph Beuys

Gallery Talks

February 23, 2008    add to my calendar

Bettina Funcke is Parkett's Senior US Editor and has published widely on contemporary art and its production. Her recent book, Pop or Populus: Art between High and Low, is forthcoming in English from Walther König. Latest essays include a text on Wade Guyton (Kunsthalle Zurich, 2008), Gerard Byrne (Afterall, 2008), Robert Whitman for the catalogue Local Report (2007), a text on Jacques Rancière for Artforum (2007), and a conversation with Johanna Burton on Guyton\Walker (Bologna, 2008). A member of Continuous Project, she has also lectured on aesthetics, art theory, and art writing at Columbia's MFA program, Bard College, and HfG/ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany. She also co-edited numerous books with Dia Art Foundation between 1999 and 2007.

Joseph Beuys was born in 1921 in Krefeld, Germany. He trained at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf from 1947 to 1951, then taught there as a professor of sculpture from 1961 until his controversial dismissal, in 1972. Beuys's first one-person exhibition of his sculpture and drawings was in 1953, at the house of the collectors Franz Joseph and Hans van der Grinten. In the early 1960s he became involved with the Fluxus group, taking part in concerts and performances and devising his own "actions," which for a time became his principal aesthetic mode. In 1970 the Beuys Block-a large collection of Beuys's work formed under his own aegis from the Sammlung Karl Ströher-was installed in the Hessisches Landesmuseum Darmstadt; it remains his most important public collection. Dia held exhibitions of Beuys's work in 1987, 1992, and 1998, and has planted trees and basalt columns in New York City as part of his 7000 Eichen, a project he began in 1982 for Documenta 7 in Kassel, Germany, with initial funding from Dia Art Foundation. Beuys died in Düsseldorf in 1986.

Gallery Talks at Dia:Beacon is a series of presentations that take place the last Saturday of every month at 1 pm and are free with admission to the museum. Focused on the work of the artists in Dia's collection, the one-hour presentations are given by curators, art historians, and writers, and take place in museum's galleries. Reservations are suggested. Please call Dia:Beacon at 845-440-0100 ext 44.

Gallery Talks at Dia:Beacon are made possible through the generosity of the New York State Council on the Arts, a State agency; The Karan-Weiss Foundation; and the Jane W. Nuhn Charitable Trust. 
 

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Bettina Funcke is Parkett's Senior US Editor and has published widely on contemporary art and its production. Her recent book, Pop or Populus: Art between High and Low, is forthcoming in English from Walther König. Latest essays include a text on Wade Guyton (Kunsthalle Zurich, 2008), Gerard Byrne (Afterall, 2008), Robert Whitman for the catalogue Local Report (2007), a text on Jacques Rancière for Artforum (2007), and a conversation with Johanna Burton on Guyton\Walker (Bologna, 2008). A memb

 
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