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‘To be a teacher is my greatest work of art. The rest is the waste product, a demonstration. If you want to express yourself you must present something tangible. But after a while this has only the function of a historic document. Objects aren’t very important any more. I want to get to the origin of matter, to the thought behind it.’

‘An interview with Joseph Beuys,’, Willoughby Sharp, published in ‘Artforum,’ November 1969; as quoted in Six Years: The Dematerialization of the Art Object from 1966 to 1972, Lucy R. Lippard, University of California Press, 1973, p. 121

Joseph Beuys (May 12, 1921 – January 23, 1986)

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