Joseph Beuys - Edition Schellmann: Fifty Are Better Than One London Thursday, June 6, 2019 | Phillips
  • Literature

    Jörg Schellmann, ed., Forty Are Better Than One, Munich/New York, 2009, pp. 46-49

  • Catalogue Essay

    From 1958 to 1965 Joseph Beuys worked on four sketchbooks collectively titled Projekt Westmensch. Exhibiting a wide range of artistic vocabulary, the pages of these books are filled with drawings, texts, watercolours, lists of words and notions, concepts and themes for both past and future projects and ideas. While many pages relate directly to other artworks, there are some whole enigmatic forms and conceptual references that reveal the artist's universal thinking.


4 Bücher aus: "Projekt Westmensch" (4 Books, from: "Project West Man")

A facsimile edition containing four sketchbooks with grano-lithographs in colours, on Scholars writing paper, the full sheets, bound (as issued), with 454 out of a total 1168 pages bearing imagery and notations.
all books 30 x 22 x 2 cm (11 3/4 x 8 5/8 x 0 3/4 in.)
overall 31.5 x 22.3 x 9 cm (12 3/8 x 8 3/4 x 3 1/2 in.)

Each book stamp-numbered '299' in black ink on a label affixed to the end page, from the edition of 365 (there were also 35 hors commerce copies), published by Edition Schellmann, Munich and New York, all contained together in the original black dust jacket with printed label.

£1,500 - 2,000 

Sold for £2,125

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Edition Schellmann: Fifty Are Better Than One

London Auction 6 June 2019