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Joseph Beuys

Hammer for the Hard of Hearing [Hammer für Schwerhörige] , 1959-1960

[2 objects in vitrine] Stockfish, newspaper, oil paint [Braunkreuz], needles and Hammer: wood, glass, cord, oil paint [Braunkreuz]
28 3/10 × 23 9/10 × 9 4/5 in
72 × 60.8 × 25 cm
This is a unique work.
£1,000,000 - 1,500,000
location
London, Berlin
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Installed in vitrine 183 x 154.5 x 63.5 cm
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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About the work
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Installed in vitrine 183 x 154.5 x 63.5 cm
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

Hammer for the Hard of Hearing [Hammer für Schwerhörige] , 1959-1960

[2 objects in vitrine] Stockfish, newspaper, oil paint [Braunkreuz], needles and Hammer: wood, glass, cord, oil paint [Braunkreuz]
28 3/10 × 23 9/10 × 9 4/5 in
72 × 60.8 × 25 cm
This is a unique work.
£1,000,000 - 1,500,000
location
London, Berlin
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