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

Joseph Beuys was a German performance artist and sculptor. He dominated the European art scene in the 80’s with his extensive works concerned with concepts such as humanism, social practice and social philosophy. He is now regarded as one of the most influential artists in the late 20th century. One of his most well-known performances is his 1965 solo performance How to Explain Pictures to a Dead Hare in which he cradles a recently deceased animal to suggest the healing potential of art and its abilities to revitalize humanity. This work was incredibly poignant at the time as Germany was struggling with its past and its national identity.Warhol’s pays tribute to Beuys’ legacy with a portfolio of three screenprints accompanied by individual screenprints from different states. Though the artists were not close friends, their relationship was founded in mutual admiration. The two artists have met multiple times in New York, Naples and Dusseldorf. Despite their rare opportunities to meet, Warhol managed to work together with Beuys in 1978. That year, he created a campaign poster for Beuy’s political organization, the Green Party. The Green Party was co-founded by Beuys and focuses on issues of political reformation through pacifism. Yet, the two artists were quite similar in their approach to art. For one, they rivaled each other in prominence during the postwar era. Both Warhol and Beuys were obsessed with death and media imagery, though their approaches to the two themes differed. For one, Warhol was fascinated with fame and glamour whilst Beuys was more detached from celebrity culture. Nevertheless, both major artists reshaped the ways we perceive celebrity, culture and politics.

Signature: Andy Warhol

Image rights: Andy Warhol

Publisher: Schellmann and Klüser, Munich

Galleria Bonomo Bari, Private collection Italy

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