Joseph Beuys, ‘Four Blackboards’ 1972
Joseph Beuys, Four Blackboards 1972 . Tate . © DACS, 2020

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Joseph Beuys and Nicolás García Uriburu

Four Blackboards

Joseph Beuys, Four Blackboards  1972

Three of these boards were used by Beuys in his Information Action at the Tate Gallery in 1972, at which he spoke and answered questions uninterruptedly for six and a half hours. The fourth was used the following day at the Whitechapel Gallery. The text on the third board reads: ‘He who in 1972 can live carefree and sleep peacefully despite knowing that two thirds of humanity are hungry or dying of starvation while a large proportion of the well-fed third must take slimming cures in order to stay alive should ask himself what kind of man one is and whether, moreover, he is a man at all.’

Gallery label, December 2020

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