Andy Warhol, ‘Joseph Beuys in Memoriam II 371’, 1986, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Joseph Beuys in Memoriam II 371’, 1986, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Joseph Beuys in Memoriam II 371’, 1986, Revolver Gallery

Title: Joseph Beuys in Memoriam FS II.371
Medium: Screenprint on Arches 88 paper.
Year: 1986
Size: 32″ x 24″
Edition: Edition of 90. Signed and numbered in pencil, lower left.


Joseph Beuys in Memoriam FS II.371 was created in 1986 as Warhol’s tribute to the great Joseph Beuys, who was considered one of the most powerful and influential post-war art figures of the 1960’s. Amongst being a sculptor, graphic and installation artist, Beuys was also a art theorist and performing artist. His art was celebrated for its revolutionarily modern themes. One of his installation pieces was a piano that did not make sound, covered in red felt with a cross on its side. It was a visual piece that represented silence as a danger to society. This piece is an example of how his artwork initiated discussion about societal issues and made people think.


While they were never said to be close friends, Warhol and Beuys admired each other greatly as artists. He spoke often of the healing capabilities of art and the wonders of human creativity. Their artistic styles varied greatly, but they are often associated together because they both create works focused on popular images in the media.

Signature: Signed and numbered in pencil, lower left.

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