I'd always assumed that the fat and the felt in his art represented the destroyed humanity of the death camps - the fat being rendered human physicality and the felt rendered human clothing.
The great thing about conceptual art, though, is that my interpretation - lacking as it was in the salient facts - remains entirely undamaged by this new knowledge. Indeed, I feel confident about challenging the dead artist, and suggesting that despite his status as one of the post- war German artists who really faced up to what his country had done, he too was in denial.
Maybe that's why conceptual art is so very popular now. One is always right, no matter the facts, when one projects a meaning on to a piece. In our relativistic, all-shall-win-prizes culture, such elasticity of interpretation flatters everybody.Reuse content