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Joseph Beuys

"La rivoluzione siamo noi", 1972

Light impression / polyester foil
75 1/5 × 40 1/5 in
191 × 102 cm
location
New York
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AAR
ARS/Art Resource
New York
Image rights
bpk, Berlin /Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany / Photo: Elke Walford / Art Resource, NY / Beuys, Joseph (1921-1986) © ARS, NY
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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New York
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bpk, Berlin /Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany / Photo: Elke Walford / Art Resource, NY / Beuys, Joseph (1921-1986) © ARS, NY
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

"La rivoluzione siamo noi", 1972

Light impression / polyester foil
75 1/5 × 40 1/5 in
191 × 102 cm
location
New York
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