Joseph Beuys, ‘2 sheets: Urschlitten 1 and 2’, 1982, Koller Auctions
Joseph Beuys, ‘2 sheets: Urschlitten 1 and 2’, 1982, Koller Auctions

Edition 25/75. Each signed lower right: Joseph Beuys. Image 15.8 x 25.4 cm on vélin by Arches (with the watermark) 56.5 x 44.8 cm. Published by Grafos-Verlag, Vaduz.
From the 21-part suite "Zirkulationszeit".

Catalogue raisonné: Schellmann, no. 434A and 435A.

Acquired directly from Grafos-Verlag, Vaduz, by the present owner; since then privately owned Switzerland.

About Joseph Beuys

A major figure of the postwar German avant-garde, Joseph Beuys viewed art as a vehicle for social change. His performance art "actions" were shamanistic experiences incorporating ritualized movement and sound, as well as non-traditional and even repulsive materials such as fat, felt, honey, blood, and dead animals. For example, in his groundbreaking 1965 performance How to Explain Pictures to a Dead Hare, Beuys—who was covered in symbolic materials such as honey, gold leaf, and iron—explained artworks to a cradled hare. Akin to Andy Warhol in influence but with a more widely (and wildly) ranging formal vocabulary, Beuys counted debate and teaching as part of his art and was a leader in many socioeconomic reform movements.

German, 1921-1986, Krefeld, Germany, based in Düsseldorf, Germany