Joseph Beuys, ‘Drawings for 'Codices Madrid' by Leonardo da Vinci’, 1975, Phillips

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Portfolio: 40.2 x 32.7 x 2.5 cm (15 7/8 x 12 7/8 x 0 7/8 in.)
Book: 23.5 x 17.2 x 2 cm (9 1/4 x 6 3/4 x 0 3/4 in.)

Signature: Each sheet signed and annotated 'e.a.' in pencil, the book also annotated 'e.a.' in pencil on the last page (an artist's proof, the edition was 100), published by Manus Presse, Stuttgart.

Jörg Schellmann 165-176

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