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, environmentl, social and long term cultural trends. He is widey regarded as one of the most influential artists of the second half of the 20th century.
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 ...
An historic manuscript, two smashed up Range Rovers and William Morris throwing a giant yacht into the lagoon…This year ...
Beuys is Dead: Long Live Beuys! Characterising Volition, Longevity, and Decision-Making in the Work of Joseph Beuys
Joseph Beuys's use of unconventional materials, such as felt, wax, and fat, characterise his artworks. Whilst museums strive to ...
John Latham’s Artist Placement Group residency at the Scottish Office’s Development Agency in 1975–6 led to a ...