Joseph Beuys

Cosmos and Damien Polished

1975

Artist
Joseph Beuys 1921–1986
Original title
Cosmos und Damien gebohnert
Medium
Lithograph and shoe polish on paper
Dimensions
Support: 330 x 230 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 1982
Reference
P07599

Not on display

Catalogue entry

P07599 COSMOS AND DAMIAN POLISHED 1975

Inscribed ‘Joseph Beuys’ bottom centre and ‘21/60’
Lithograph with shoe polish, published by Edition Staeck, Heidelberg, 13×9 (33× 23)
Purchased from Edition Staeck (Grant-in-Aid) 1981
Lit: op.cit., no.136

Offset lithograph of a proof sheet of a postcard of the World Trade Centre in Manhattan. There are several other works in which Beuys uses the twin towers as a symbol of Capitalism, calling them after the legendary twins reputed to have been miraculous healers and adopted as the patron saints of the Medici. Shoe polish was smeared by hand on each print of the edition.

Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1980-82: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1984