Noiseless Blackboard Eraser
  • multiple
  • offset-printed
  • black-and-white & color
  • 4.7 x 12.6 x 2.5 cm.
  • [unpaginated]
  • edition size 550
  • signed and numbered

Noiseless Blackboard Eraser

Joseph Beuys

Noiseless Blackboard Eraser


Multiple in the form of an appropriated commercial felt blackboard eraser. Erasers were purchased in bulk from New York Blackboard, Inc, located at 139 Spring Street in New York City, a few blocks away from Ronald Feldman's gallery. (139 Spring Street today is occupied by a Chanel boutique.)

Text rubber stamped on label ""ORGANIZATION FOR DIRECT DEMOCRACY THROUGH REFERENDUM INFORMATION CENTER 4 DUSSELDORF ANDREASTRASSE, 25 [illegible] 39." "Beuys had the idea for the edition at a political lecture he held during his first trip to the United States. When collectors wanted to purchase a blackboard he had drawn and written on, Beuys had it erased with this type of blackboard eraser." -- from "Joseph Beuys : The Multiples"


No. 101 in "Joseph Beuys : The Multiples" by Jörg Schellmann, Dierk Stemmler, Joan Rothfuss, Peter Nisbet. Munich-New York / Cambridge / Minneapolis, Germany / MA / MN : Edition Schellmann / Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard University / Walker Art Center, 1997, 2006, p. 132, 445.
Condition:  Very Good / Fine. 8 mm., 2 mm., and 7 mm. stain to label, otherwise Fine. Signed and numbered in black ink by Joseph Beuys, numbered 192 / 550.
[Object # 5750]

Noiseless Blackboard Eraser