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The Way Things GoAn Essay on the Matter of Second Modernism$
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Aaron Jaffe

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780816692019

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816692019.001.0001

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Materials and Their Methods

Materials and Their Methods

(p.111) Materials and Their Methods
The Way Things Go

Aaron Jaffe

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter looks at the artworks of Joseph Beuys, Zeuxis, and Parrhasius in trying to understand representation as opposed to signification, or the difference between associations that depend on resemblance and associations that are dependent on a time scale in which accidental associations are reinforced by traditional contexts. Beuys’ work Queen Bees for instance, is not about representing the queen bee as a subject per se, but exploring it in beeswax, in a substance of its own making. Such representation is an act of thinking the subject’s associations through its properties; associations put the emphasis on the subjectivized side of existence while properties place it on the objectivized side of things.

Keywords:   Joseph Beuys, Zeuxis, Parrhasius, queen bee, associations, properties

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