Joseph Beuys

Friday Object “1st Class Fried Fish Bones (Herring)”

About this artwork

This object was made as part of the action ‘Friday Object “First Class Fried Fish Bones”’, performed with Daniel Spoerri at the Eat Art Galerie in Düsseldorf on Friday 30 October, 1970. As the title suggests, the object makes reference to the crucifixion of Christ (whose symbol was the fish), to the act of penance and to the elevation of overlooked and usually discarded objects (fish bones). Food was an important medium for Beuys - he made works using butter, chocolate, bread and sausage, with the inevitable decaying process an integral part of the objects he created. The works also reflect the idea of art as providing intellectual nourishment. This is one of the artist’s multiple objects, from a relatively small edition of twenty-five.

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  • artist:
  • title:
    Friday Object “1st Class Fried Fish Bones (Herring)”
  • date created:
    1970
  • materials:
    Fishbone and greaseproof paper, in a glass-fronted wooden box
  • measurements:
    30.50 x 11.50 x 6.50 cm
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Purchased with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and The Art Fund 2002
  • accession number:
    GMA 4554
  • gallery:
  • subject:
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  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
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Joseph Beuys

Joseph Beuys