associated with Joseph Beuys, associated with Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol Joseph Beuys, Lucio Amelio Gallery, Naples, April 1980


Not on display

Associated with Joseph Beuys 1921–1986
Associated with Andy Warhol 1928–1987
Original title
Andy Warhol Joseph Beuys Lucio Amelio Napoli Aprile 1980
Print on paper
Image: 684 × 470 mm
ARTIST ROOMS Tate and National Galleries of Scotland
ARTIST ROOMS Acquired jointly with the National Galleries of Scotland through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008

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German artist Joseph Beuys was a contemporary of Warhol and although never close friends they shared a mutual admiration for each others work. On the surface these artists may appear polar opposites, but their art has often been linked by critics due to their shared understanding and mastery of the news media, and ability to transform everyday objects into high-value works of art. This unusual poster is for a joint exhibition of their work held at the Lucio Amelio Gallery, Naples in 1980. The pair stayed in Naples for the opening and this photograph, taken by Mimmo Jodice under commission from the gallery, was taken while there. Beuys sits rather uncomfortably on the edge of a fountain awkwardly holding Warhol’s hand. Warhol then bizarrely reaches behind with his other hand, into the mouth of the ferocious stone lion.

Gallery label, April 2021

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