Joseph Beuys, ‘Cuprum 0.3% unguentum metallicum praeparatum’, 1978-86, Phillips
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Joseph Beuys

Cuprum 0.3% unguentum metallicum praeparatum, 1978-86

Cast beeswax multiple with finely distributed copper.
7 7/10 × 4 1/10 × 4 1/10 in
19.5 × 10.5 × 10.5 cm
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Incised 'Joseph Beuys A.P.' on the right side, signed by Wenzel Beuys (Executor of the Estate of Joseph Beuys) and annotated 'A.P.' in …
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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"The sculpture consists of a rectangular block of wax bearing an impression in negative relief of the crystalline form of a miner's lamp. This 'image' represents a combination of archaic …

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Incised 'Joseph Beuys A.P.' on the right side, signed by Wenzel Beuys (Executor of the Estate of Joseph Beuys) and annotated 'A.P.' in …
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

Cuprum 0.3% unguentum metallicum praeparatum, 1978-86

Cast beeswax multiple with finely distributed copper.
7 7/10 × 4 1/10 × 4 1/10 in
19.5 × 10.5 × 10.5 cm
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