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JOSHUA WEBB APATHY FOR THE SETTING SUN GALERIE DÜSSELDORF 10 April - 8 May 2011 The Angel of History . 2010 35x35x70 cm(LxWxH) Edition of 3 (hydro-cal / white) Edition of 3 (concrete / grey) Bronze POA Karl Marx’ severed head – White hemihydrate, based stone and concrete. $2800 An angel is depicted there who looks as though he were about to distance himself from something, which he is staring at. His eyes are opened wide, his mouth stands open and his wings are outstretched. The Angel of History must look just so. His face is turned towards the past. Where we see the appearance of a chain of events, he sees one single catastrophe, which unceasingly piles rubble on top of rubble and hurls it before his feet.He would like to pause for a moment so fair, to awaken the dead and to piece together what has been smashed. But a storm is blowing from Paradise; it has caught itself up in his wings and is so strong that the Angel can no longer close them. The storm drives him irresistibly into the future, to which his back is turned, while the rubble-heap before him grows sky-high. That which we call progress, is this storm. Walter Benjamin 1940. Theses on the Philosophy of History