Joseph Beuys (German: [ˈjoːzɛf ˈbɔʏs]; 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.
His extensive work is grounded in concepts of humanism, social philosophy and anthroposophy; it culminates in his "extended definition of art" and the idea of social sculpture as a gesamtkunstwerk, for which he claimed a creative, participatory role in shaping society and politics. His career was characterized by passionate and only rarely acrimonious open public debates on a very wide range of subjects including political, environmental, social and long term cultural trends. He is widely regarded as one of the most influential artists of the second half of the 20th century.
Artist as subject
Film and audio
We examine Joseph Beuys moth-eaten Felt Suit
Joseph Beuys said "Everyone is an artist"
Comedian Frank Skinner gets to grips with performance art
A film by Ken McMullen 16 mm B+W Collection Ken McMullen
A Film by Ken McMullen 16mm B+W Collection Ken McMullen
“Eurasienstab, Fluxorum organum opus 39” a film made by Joseph Beuys and Henning Christansen with soundtrack by Hennig Christiansen, “Fluxorum ...
A large, glass cabinet used for displaying art objects
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The iconography of an artwork is the imagery within it
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Fluxus is an international avant-garde collective or network of artists and composers founded in the1960s and still continuing today
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