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Post #552 • June 6, 2005, 1:34 PM • 16 Comments

Cat and Girl. See also, Gimmee a Lichtenstein?

Via DC Art News.




June 6, 2005, 9:27 PM




June 6, 2005, 10:10 PM

Yeah, this is pretty obscure artref stuff.

The story is that Beuys, as a German fighter pilot in WW2, was downed in the snow, and some Tartar tribesmen brought him back to life by rubbing him with fat and wrapping him in felt. He used those materials in his art a lot.

For what its worth, the Teapot Dome scandal arose during Hardings administration, not Wilson's or Grant's.


Rene Barge

June 7, 2005, 12:15 AM


I can't stand the whole beuys thing, I crammed it down my throat in school, like a good junkie... anything to ease the pain and confusion! and, I ain't using anything no more, no more!
It seems like I missed alot during the last two post, though I don't contribute often, I like to check in... and oh the irony, I could have said some, but anyway...
I have myself decided to cut out and go unaffiliated, I will publicly state this as I have been showing at the Dorsch Gallery since 1999.
A week ago I started a study, "study for trolling, two parts south...psychadelia moves towards folk". wonderful painting it was. A friend and I spoke about it, and how much folk and psychadelia has changed and yet hasn't changed at all... NO KIDDING was what we both agreed on, it's to bad they're all still buying what ever is sponsored. I said I felt much the same about popular art in Miami, Basically... Bjork and Madonna may sell alot to their respective audiences, but I still would'nt take them home with me. Even if they title their shows after lyrics from Radiohead, you dig?!
Its too bad, however my painting works will be available to be looked at, but you'll have to chime in. Same goes for my sonic work. I would just rather deal with working than rather, well you know... who the hell is Mr. Francis anyway?
By the way, J.Bailly is nothing short of an incredible painter!

Best Wishes,
Rene Barge

PS. Oldpro- my eyes are so blurry, I could barely see proper, and it ain't from the coffee or the beer, simply painting!!! I need a shower and a nap.



June 7, 2005, 1:04 AM

The famous story summarized in #2 turned out, upon German investigation a few years ago, to have been largely invented by Beuys. He did fly in the Luftwaffe as a radio operator (not a pilot) during WWII, and his plane did crash in the Crimea. The pilot was killed, but when local villagers got to the scene, Beuys was standing near the plane and appeared all right, apart from a wound above an eye. The villagers, who would've been afraid of Stalinist reprisal for aiding the enemy, just left him there to be picked up by German troops searching the area for survivors. He was picked up within hours, according to military records. There was only one Tartar in the village, though not a community of them, and there were no tents, fat, felt, or snow involved in the business.

Source: The Eclipse of Art, a book by Julian Spalding.



June 7, 2005, 1:18 AM

Maybe he just felt fat.



June 7, 2005, 2:05 AM

Felt fat... Ouch...



June 7, 2005, 2:08 AM

Did you notice that in the bar cartoon the cat is sipping paint out of a bucket through a straw? I think that's hilarious. (tap - tap) Is this thing on?



June 7, 2005, 2:27 AM

Well, he appears to br sipping something out a paint bucket, anyway.

I think Burden actually had himself shot in the left arm, just as drawn. This guy is really into it.


raulj mendez

June 7, 2005, 2:32 AM

related things:

#1 The Master and Margarita , by M. Bulgakov.....
(a cat doing human things, so to speak....)
an amazing book.

and #2:
" oh, honey, pump up!. Having felt fat suits you not".

(Beuys rolls over in his grave)

#3 Does anyone out there know if Beuys was buried whole or cremated??.



June 7, 2005, 2:55 AM

(Beuys rolls over in his grave)

But with great ease, well-greased as he was


that guy

June 7, 2005, 4:08 AM

art jokes have never stooped so low and made someone like me laugh as hard. lets not speak ill of the dead even if it is an old nazi like beuys oldpro.



June 7, 2005, 5:29 AM

How many artists does it take to screw in a lightbulb?


One to screw it in and

one to kick the chair out from under him.



June 7, 2005, 6:06 AM

And one more, to see the light.


who cares

June 7, 2005, 12:50 PM

- and another to pyramid the chair with fat.


phat coyote

June 7, 2005, 12:57 PM




June 7, 2005, 6:35 PM

I thought that both of those comix were hilarious, Franklin; I'm just sad that there's no one with whom I can share them here at work (I work in a structural engineering firm). I tried, and got blank stares.



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