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Joseph Beuys

Germany Born in: 1921 Famous artist

Joseph Beuys (12 May 1921 – 23 January 1986) was a German Fluxus, happening and performance artist as well as a sculptor, installation artist, graphic artist, art theorist and pedagogue of art.

Joseph Beuys was born in Krefeld in 1921. From an early age Beuys displayed a keen interest in the natural sciences and had considered a career in medical studies before volunteering for the Luftwaffe in 1940. On 16 March 1944 Beuys's JU87 plane crashed on the Crimean Front and Beuys later recounted how he had been rescued from the crash by Tartar tribesmen, who had wrapped his broken body in animal fat and felt and nursed him back to health.

Through his drawing practice, Joseph Beuys explored a range of unconventional materials and developed his artistic agenda, exploring metaphorical and symbolic connections between natural phenomena and philosophical systems. In 1962 Beuys befriended his Düsseldorf colleague Nam June Paik, a member of the Fluxus movement.

It was during the 1960s that Beuys formulated his central theoretical concepts concerning the social, cultural and political function and potential of art. This translated into Beuys's formulation of the concept of Social Sculpture, in which society as a whole was to be regarded as one great work of art (the Wagnerian Gesamtkunswerk) to which each person can contribute creatively. Beuys founded (or co-founded) the following political organisations: German Student Party (1967), Organization for Direct Democracy Through Referendum (1971), and Free International University for Creativity and Interdisciplinary Research (1974).

Beuys became a pacifist, was a vocal opponent of nuclear weapons and campaigned strenuously for environmental causes. He died on January 1986 in Düsseldorf.

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Joseph Beuys, Lárte è una zanzara dalle mille ali, Print

Joseph Beuys

Lárte è una zanzara dalle mille ali, 1981
30.7 x 22 inch
Print

$5,506

Joseph Beuys, Schwurhand: Frau rennt weg mit Gehirn , Print

Joseph Beuys

Schwurhand: Frau rennt weg mit Gehirn , 1980
19.7 x 16.9 inch
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$2,217

Joseph Beuys, Schwurhand: Mit Fett gefüllte Skulptur , Print

Joseph Beuys

Schwurhand: Mit Fett gefüllte Skulptur , 1980
12.6 x 9.8 inch
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$2,917

Joseph Beuys, Schwurhand: Lumen, Print

Joseph Beuys

Schwurhand: Lumen, 1980
15 x 11 inch
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$2,567

Joseph Beuys, Tränen: Intelligenz der Schwäne, Print

Joseph Beuys

Tränen: Intelligenz der Schwäne, 1985
22.4 x 17.7 inch
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$3,734

Joseph Beuys, Schwurhand: Skulptur aus Gold, Print

Joseph Beuys

Schwurhand: Skulptur aus Gold, 1980
12.2 x 9.4 inch
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$2,917

Joseph Beuys, Schwurhand: Wandernde Kiste #1 , Print

Joseph Beuys

Schwurhand: Wandernde Kiste #1 , 1980
15 x 11 inch
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$2,567

Joseph Beuys, Schwurhand: Zelt und Lichtstrahl , Print

Joseph Beuys

Schwurhand: Zelt und Lichtstrahl , 1980
12.6 x 9.4 inch
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$2,917

Joseph Beuys, Schwurhand: Wandernde Kiste #5, Print

Joseph Beuys

Schwurhand: Wandernde Kiste #5, 1980
15 x 11 inch
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$2,567

Joseph Beuys, Tränen: Hirschfuß, Print

Joseph Beuys

Tränen: Hirschfuß, 1985
16.9 x 12.6 inch
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$2,800

Joseph Beuys, Schwurhand: Foetus, Print

Joseph Beuys

Schwurhand: Foetus, 1980
22 x 17.7 inch
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$2,917

Joseph Beuys, Zirkulationszeit: Die Mütter , Print

Joseph Beuys

Zirkulationszeit: Die Mütter , 1982
22 x 17.7 inch
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$2,567

Joseph Beuys, Zirkulationszeit: Die Mütter , Print

Joseph Beuys

Zirkulationszeit: Die Mütter , 1982
15 x 11 inch
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$4,084

Joseph Beuys, Tränen: Hirschschädel , Print

Joseph Beuys

Tränen: Hirschschädel , 1985
16.9 x 12.6 inch
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$3,034

Our recommendations Joseph Beuys, Tränen: Schamanentrommel , Print

Joseph Beuys

Tränen: Schamanentrommel , 1985
15 x 11 inch
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$3,734

Our recommendations Joseph Beuys, Schwurhand: Wandernde Kiste #3, Print

Joseph Beuys

Schwurhand: Wandernde Kiste #3, 1980
15 x 11 inch
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$2,567

Our recommendations Joseph Beuys, Schwurhand: Wandernde , Print

Joseph Beuys

Schwurhand: Wandernde , 1980
15 x 11 inch
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$2,567

Joseph Beuys, Schwurhand: Wandernde Kiste #2 , Print

Joseph Beuys

Schwurhand: Wandernde Kiste #2 , 1980
15 x 11 inch
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$2,567

Joseph Beuys, Tränen: Frauentorso , Print

Joseph Beuys

Tränen: Frauentorso , 1985
17.7 x 22.4 inch
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$2,917

Joseph Beuys, Zirkulationszeit: Kopf H.B. , Print

Joseph Beuys

Zirkulationszeit: Kopf H.B. , 1982
17.7 x 13 inch
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$2,217

Joseph Beuys, Aus dem Leben der Bienen , Print

Joseph Beuys

Aus dem Leben der Bienen , 1978
22 x 29.9 inch
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$3,850

Joseph Beuys, Zirkulationszeit: Meerengel Robbe I, Print

Joseph Beuys

Zirkulationszeit: Meerengel Robbe I, 1982
15 x 11 inch
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$2,334

Joseph Beuys, Zirkulationszeit: Meerengel Robbe II , Print

Joseph Beuys

Zirkulationszeit: Meerengel Robbe II , 1982
15 x 11 inch
Print

$2,334

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