The Alan Sondheim Mail Archive

November 8, 2017


Eider: Joseph Beuys among the Common Eider

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Eider: Joseph Beuys among the Common Eider

with Jon Woodson

i have always loved Joseph Beuys' Coyote, always felt sorrowful
and depressed for the animal, then there were so many common
eider and so much wildness in the man and the american horror he
felt so long ago, i was awe struck by his blackboards and
openness to students, and the freedom oddly at that time and the
way art in some places was taken with amazing seriousness and
depth, and the Tate Modern and his being at NSCAD and what that
meant at the time, as if the body and felt and fat and piano and
scrawl and stick embodied worlds, brought the body back into
life within and without refuge and refugee and all that slow
learning that might have accompanied him and the sled and his
return, i think of Beuys ecology, harnessing and release, and
always hoped after so much he would never die, and what always
seemed his silence and the silence of the grand piano and the
muffled felt and sodden or sullen corners of the rooms and what
was almost no longer a waiting zone, never a landing zone,
always a landing


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< felt so long ago, i was awe struck by his blackboards and
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> felt so long ago, i was awestruck by his blackboards and
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< scrawl and stick embodied worlds, brought the body back into
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> scrawl and stick bemodied worlds, brought the body back into
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< return, i think of Beuys ecology, harnessing and release, and
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> return, i think of Beuys ecology, harnassing and release, and

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