Einstein, Stein and Wittgenstein

2018 james lee byars photo m hka 73

James Lee Byars

1984-1989

Sculpture, 8 x 20 x 13.5 cm, 12 x 14 x 12 cm, 10.5 x 23.5 x 16.5 cm.
Materials: gold-painted Furka stones

Collection: Kunstmusem Luzern, Schenkung Sammlung Toni Gerber.

"People like Wittgenstein, Stein, and Einstein are formidable. Now take Gertrude Stein: 'thank you for all thoughts', 'how do you find what you have', 'beware of the next star', 'giving it away, not giving it away, is there any difference?', 'If I told him he would like it would he like it if I told him'. That has a great power of expression. In Japan, I taught English and there I worked with that kind of sentences."

Source: interview by Geert Bekaert and Walter Van Dijk in Streven, Vol.22.

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