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All in the Present Must Be Transformed: Matthew Barney and Joseph Beuys

All in the Present Must Be Transformed: Matthew Barney and Joseph Beuys

Edited by Nancy Spector with contributions by Spector, Christian Scheidemann, Mark Taylor, and Nat Trotman
Published in 2006
164 pages, fully illustrated
7 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches
English, German, and Italian editions

All in the Present Must Be Transformed: Matthew Barney and Joseph Beuys examines key affinities between these two seminal twentieth-century artists, who, though separated by generation and geography, share many aesthetic and conceptual concerns. Published in conjunction with the exhibition at the Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin, it focuses on the two artists' metaphoric use of materials, their interest in metamorphosis, their employment of narrative structures and the relationship between action and documentation in their work. The exhibition, whose content is drawn largely from the Guggenheim's substantial permanent collection, pairs a selection of drawings and vitrines by both artists, as well as Barney's multipart sculpture, "Chrysler Imperial" (2002) from Cremaster 3, with Beuys' installation "Terremoto" (1981). The book examines the performative side of both artists' practices, as evidenced by the way each has theatricalized his own sculptural production. In addition, it documents both artists' one-person exhibitions at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York and includes an extensive selection of drawings and key comparative works.

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