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Joseph Beuys

Capri Batterie, 1985

Multiple comprising light bulb (Mazda) with manufacturer's inkstamp, plug socket, and exchangeable lemon, contained in the original wooden box
4 3/5 × 2 3/5 × 2 1/5 in
11.7 × 6.7 × 5.7 cm
Edition 166/200
This is part of a limited edition set.
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Please note the lightbulb does not have the manufacturer's inkstamp

Please note the lightbulb does not have the manufacturer's inkstamp

Signature
Signed and numbered 166/200 in pencil on the accompanying Certificate of Authenticity (there were also some artist's proofs)
Joseph Beuys
German, 1921–1986
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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.

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Please note the lightbulb does not have the manufacturer's inkstamp

Please note the lightbulb does not have the manufacturer's inkstamp

Signature
Signed and numbered 166/200 in pencil on the accompanying Certificate of Authenticity (there were also some artist's proofs)
Joseph Beuys
German, 1921–1986
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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.

Joseph Beuys

Capri Batterie, 1985

Multiple comprising light bulb (Mazda) with manufacturer's inkstamp, plug socket, and exchangeable lemon, contained in the original wooden box
4 3/5 × 2 3/5 × 2 1/5 in
11.7 × 6.7 × 5.7 cm
Edition 166/200
This is part of a limited edition set.
Bidding closed
Want to sell a work by this artist? Consign with Artsy.
Other works by Joseph Beuys