Joseph Beuys, ‘Food for Thought’, 1977, Print, Offset with grease spot, Koller Auctions
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Joseph Beuys

Food for Thought, 1977

Offset with grease spot
34 3/5 × 6 1/2 in
88 × 16.5 cm
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From an edition of some hundred signed, complete edition unlimited. Signed in pencil lower right: …

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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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From an edition of some hundred signed, complete edition unlimited. Signed in pencil lower right: Joseph Beuys, also with the stamp: Free International University. Sheet size 88 x 16.5 cm on wove paper. Published by Freie Internationale Universität, Kassel.

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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

Food for Thought, 1977

Offset with grease spot
34 3/5 × 6 1/2 in
88 × 16.5 cm
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