Joseph Beuys, ‘Sonnenscheibe (Sun Disc)’, 1973, Phillips
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Joseph Beuys

Sonnenscheibe (Sun Disc), 1973

Record matrix (nickel-plated copper) with die-cut hole, two felt pads stamped with brown paint, contained in original black cardboard box.
14 4/5 × 14 4/5 × 1 4/5 in
37.5 × 37.5 × 4.5 cm
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Signed and numbered V/VII in pencil on the label affixed to the front of the box (one of 7 artist's proofs aside from the edition of 77 in …
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, ‘Sonnenscheibe (Sun Disc)’, 1973, Phillips
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Signed and numbered V/VII in pencil on the label affixed to the front of the box (one of 7 artist's proofs aside from the edition of 77 in …
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

Sonnenscheibe (Sun Disc), 1973

Record matrix (nickel-plated copper) with die-cut hole, two felt pads stamped with brown paint, contained in original black cardboard box.
14 4/5 × 14 4/5 × 1 4/5 in
37.5 × 37.5 × 4.5 cm
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