The Pack (das Rudel)

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

Solo Shows on Artsy

Group Shows on Artsy

Campaign for Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), San Francisco
Kiasma Hits: 13th Collection Exhibition, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art
Joseph Beuys - Nam June Paik, Galerie Thomas, Munich
Armory 2012 (Pier 92), Galerie Thomas, Munich
ARTephemera, VINCE fine arts/ephemera, Miami
20 + 2 YEARS, ARNDT, Singapore
Labor Intensive, Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York
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