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Fat Beuys

Preserving and presenting ephemeral art

In Sweeping Up, a 30-plus-year-old collection of filth and crap becomes a kind of relic.
Courtesy of the Menil Collection
In Sweeping Up, a 30-plus-year-old collection of filth and crap becomes a kind of relic.

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Through January 2; 713-525-9400
Menil Collection, 1515 Sul Ross

Materials have meanings, and Beuys understood that better than most people. What's amazing is how a casual gesture or a spontaneous choice to use a particular material now causes teams of people to agonize over how to display and maintain it. But should it be maintained through such extreme measures? Isn't it part of Beuys's process to just let these inherently unstable materials molder away?

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