CHRIS FREMANTLE

IN CASE SOMETHING DIFFERENT HAPPENS

Posted in Texts by chrisfremantle on September 13, 2011

Fascinating rumination and art historical contextualisation by David Levi-Strauss published in The Brooklyn Rail on the relationship between Joseph Beuys and the Twin Towers drawing out the meanings of his remaking in the postcard (below).

Levi-Strauss shows how Beuys transforms the architecture from the symbol of global capital into something quite different by transmuting steel and glass into butter and by applying the names of two healing saints (Cosmas and Damian) he superimposes a different mythology.

Thanks to Linda Weintraub for highlighting this really provocative piece.

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