Joseph Beuys, ‘Hirschkopf’, 1985, Koller Auctions

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Edition 67/75. Signed lower centre: Joseph Beuys, As well as with dedication: An Percy Brislow. Image 8.5 x 11.2 cm on grey vélin 43 x 31.5 cm. Published by Grafos-Verlag, Vaduz.
From the 12-part Suite "Tränen".

Catalogue raisonné: Schellmann, no. 526.

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