German 1921 – 1986
Joseph Beuys was a German-born artist. He made drawings, plastic, sculpture and installations. Beuys became known for numerous plastic objects, performances and Fluxus concerts. Beuys was a professor at the Academy in Düsseldorf and is considered one of the most influential German artists of the second half of the 20th century.
Beuys is especially famous for his works with animal fat and felt, two common materials – one organic and the other manufactured – that had a deep personal meaning for the artist. It were also recurring motifs in works that suggested that art, ordinary materials, and a person’s “everyday life” were ultimately inseparable.
Joseph Beuys was good friends with Andy Warhol and Keith Haring who both portrayed him. Beuys’ works can be found in museums all over the world, including renowned museums such as the MoMA and Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Tate Gallery in London and the Center Pompidou in Paris.
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