Joseph Beuys

Fettecke (Prozess) [Fat Corner (Process)]

About this artwork

Looking inside the two boxes in this vitrine, we can see that in one, the fat has been neatly shaped into the corner to make a wedge. In the other, the shape of the fat has a disturbing biological look to it, like inner organs which have been unceremoniously dumped in a heap. Beuys used triangles of fat in both his sculptures and 'actions'. From around 1963, he would use wedges of fat or felt to mark the boundaries of a space when performing an 'action'.

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  • artist:
  • title:
    Fettecke (Prozess) [Fat Corner (Process)]
  • date created:
    1968
  • materials:
    Wood, glass, 2 cardboard boxes and fat
  • measurements:
    183.50 x 168.00 x 84.00 cm
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008
  • accession number:
    AR00618
  • gallery:
This artwork is part of Artist Rooms
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Joseph Beuys

Joseph Beuys