Joseph Beuys Airmail 1971

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Artwork details

Artist
Joseph Beuys 1921–1986
Title
Airmail
Luftpost
Date 1971
Medium Lithograph, letterpress, stamp and relief print on paper
Dimensions Image: 292 x 163 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1982
Reference
P07594
Not on display

Catalogue entry

P07594 AIRMAIL 1971

Inscribed ‘Joseph Beuys’ and ‘34/50’
Lithograph, relief, letterpress and stamps on a sheet and an envelope, published by Edition Staeck Heidelberg, overall size 11 1/2×6 3/8 (29.2×16.3)
Purchased from Edition Staeck (Grant-in-Aid) 1981
Lit: Beuys Multiples (5th edition) 1980, Munich, no.223

Collage of an airmail envelope and a page from a chemistry textbook with stamp impressions. ‘Airmail’ was produced during Beuys' action in the Art College in Dusseldorf on May 12 1971 - his 50th Birthday.

Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1980-82: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1984

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