SM
Shapero Modern
London

Baked enamel on convex metal sheet, 1974, signed in black ball-point pen on the Edition Staeck label on the revers; from the numbered edition of 80, published by Edition Staeck, Heidelberg, 20 x 30cm.

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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.

High auction record
£854.5k, Christie's, 2016
Blue chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
2019
Joseph Beuys: Important Sculptures From the 1950sBASTIAN
2015
Joseph BeuysAlfonso Artiaco
2004
Joseph Beuys: Just Hit the Mark: Works from the Speck CollectionGagosian
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Institut for Cosmetic Surgery, 1974

Metal
7 9/10 × 11 4/5 in
20 × 30 cm
Edition of 60
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£9,500
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SM
Shapero Modern
London

Baked enamel on convex metal sheet, 1974, signed in black ball-point pen on the Edition Staeck …

Medium
Signature
Hand-signed by artist
Certificate of authenticity
Included (issued by gallery)
Frame
Not included

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.

High auction record
£854.5k, Christie's, 2016
Blue chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions (3)

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