P07601 CHINESE HARE SUGAR 1979
Inscribed ‘Joseph Beuys’ centre right and ‘51/90’
Screenprint, published by Edition Staeck, Heidelberg, 8 1/4×11 5/8 (21×29.6)
Purchased from Edition Staeck (Grant-in-Aid) 1981
Lit: op.cit., no.223
Beuys found sugar (surrogate honey) and the hare combined in wrapped lump sugar at Documenta v in Kassel, 1972. Both were already significant images in his work, and he subsequently produced three ‘Hare Sugar’ multiples, the first in 1972, ‘American Hare Sugar’ in 1974, and this work in 1979 from a sweet wrapper found in Shanghai.
The Tate Gallery 1980-82: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1984