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- 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
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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