German Student Cracks Composition of Joseph Beuys’s Brown Paint Works

March 21st, 2014

Joseph Beuys's Das Schweigen von Marcel Duchamp wird überbewertet, 1964, via Art NewspaperA German student has discovered the composition of Joseph Beuys’s iconic brown-hued paint Braunkreuz (brown cross), the Art Newspaper reports.  Beuys used a special rust-proofing agent in his paints, giving them their signature sheen, reports Ole Valler of the Hochschule Rhein-Waal.  “This shows his belief in the strong connection between art and everyday life. Materials have a special meaning in Beuys’s work,” says Barbara Strieder, of the Museum Schloss Moyland. 

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