By Chris Thompson

ISBN-10: 0816653550

ISBN-13: 9780816653553

Felt offers a nonlinear examine the engagement of the postwar avant-garde with japanese spirituality, a context during which the German artist Joseph Beuys seems to be as an uneasy shaman. founded on a hugely publicized but famously inconclusive 1982 assembly among Beuys and the Dalai Lama, prepared by way of the Dutch artist Louwrien Wijers, Chris Thompson explores the interconnections between Beuys, the Fluxus stream, and jap philosophy and religious practice.
construction from the resonance of felt, the material, in either Tibetan tradition and in Beuys’s paintings, Thompson takes as his element of departure Deleuze and Guattari’s dialogue in A Thousand Plateaus of felt as gentle house that's “in precept endless, open, and limitless in each direction,” its constitution made up our minds by accident instead of the deliberate, woven nature of so much materials. Felt is hence visible in its place to the version of the community: felt’s anarchic shape isn't really reducible to the regularity of the web, grid, or mesh, and the extra it really is pulled, tweaked, torn, and agitated, the higher its structural integrity.
Felt hence invents its method from the cloth that represents its item of inquiry and from this advances a examining of the avant-garde. while, Thompson demonstrates that it's occasionally the mess ups of concept, the disappointing conferences, even the premature deaths that open portals by which lifestyles flows into paintings and permits new conjunctions of lifestyles, artwork, and suggestion. Thompson explores either the well known engagement of Fluxus artists with japanese spirituality and the extra elusive nature of Beuys’s personal overdue curiosity in Tibetan tradition, arriving at a feeling of ways such noncausal interactions—interhuman intrigue—create tradition and form modern paintings historical past.

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