Andy Warhol, ‘Joseph Beuys’, 1980, Gallery On The Move

Nevertheless, the pair recognised each other’s genius, myth-like reputation and prominence, despite operating at opposing poles of a post-war art world. As the American art critic David Bourdon put it, their 1979 meeting in New York, around the time of a Beuys Guggenheim retrospective, “had all the ceremonial aura of two rival popes meeting in Avignon.”

Despite this rarefied atmosphere, the pair managed to work together. In 1978, Warhol created a campaign poster for Beuys’s Green Party, and, in return, Warhol’s reputation rose in Europe thanks to his associations with Germany’s leading contemporary artist.

Signature: Andy Warhol

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About Andy Warhol

Obsessed with celebrity, consumer culture, and mechanical (re)production, Pop artist Andy Warhol created some of the most iconic images of the 20th century. As famous for his quips as for his art—he variously mused that “art is what you can get away with” and “everyone will be famous for 15 minutes”—Warhol drew widely from popular culture and everyday subject matter, creating works like his 32 Campbell's Soup Cans (1962), Brillo pad box sculptures, and portraits of Marilyn Monroe, using the medium of silk-screen printmaking to achieve his characteristic hard edges and flat areas of color. Known for his cultivation of celebrity, Factory studio (a radical social and creative melting pot), and avant-garde films like Chelsea Girls (1966), Warhol was also a mentor to artists like Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. His Pop sensibility is now standard practice, taken up by major contemporary artists Richard Prince, Takashi Murakami, and Jeff Koons, among countless others.

American, 1928-1987, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, based in New York, New York