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Beuys, Joseph

(yō`zĕf bois), 1921–86, German artist, b. Krefeld; one of the most influential of postmodern artists. Drafted into the Luftwaffe during World War II, he was wounded several times and in 1943 was shot down over Crimea. Nearly frozen, he was found by Tatar nomads who saved his life by wrapping him in felt and fur—materials that he later often used in his work and that assumed iconic, life-affirming stature in it. He studied (1947–51) and later taught at the State Art Academy in Düsseldorf, where he was (1961–72) professor of sculpture. A member of the neo-DadaDada
or Dadaism
, international nihilistic movement among European artists and writers that lasted from 1916 to 1922. Born of the widespread disillusionment engendered by World War I, it originated in Zürich with a 1916 party at the Cabaret Voltaire and the
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 group Fluxus during the early 1960s, Beuys pioneered certain ritualized latter-day happeningshappening,
an artistic event of a theatrical nature, but usually improvised spontaneously without the framework of a plot. The term originated with the creation and performance in 1959 of Allan Kaprow's "18 Happenings in 6 Parts.
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 that he called Actions; they were among the first contemporary examples of performance artperformance art,
multimedia art form originating in the 1970s in which performance is the dominant mode of expression. Perfomance art may incorporate such elements as instrumental or electronic music, song, dance, television, film, sculpture, spoken dialogue, and storytelling.
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. Later in the 1960s he and his art turned toward left-wing politics; he was a founder (1967) of the German Students party and a Green party activist in the 1970s.

With his room-filling temporary constructions, Beuys also pioneered the movement that led to installation art. In his installations and other sculptural work Beuys included such elements as food, dead animals, wire, wood, cloth, automobiles, musical instruments, scraps of various materials, and many other likely and unlikely objects. In these unconventional, often obsessional, and sometimes disturbing pieces and in his many drawings and posters, Beuys rejected abstract art in favor of an aesthetic that relied heavily on his own experience and that elevated subject matter to utmost importance. Thematically, he was apt to touch on such issues as the environment, politics, and humanity's relationship with nature. Famous in the international art world by the 1970s, Beuys had an important impact on an emerging group of avant-garde artists, first in Europe and later in the United States.


See J. F. Moffitt, Occultism in Avant-Garde Art: The Case of Joseph Beuys (1988); H. Stackelhaus, Joseph Beuys (1991); A. Temkin and B. Rose, Thinking Is Form: The Drawings of Joseph Beuys (1992).

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These representations of Beuys are supplemented by the recollections of younger contemporaries who knew him personally -- critic and author Caroline Tisdall, who made her own film on Beuys, is a prominent voice, as are art historians Rhea Thonges-Stringaris and Franz von der Grinten, as well as Beuys' former pupil Johannes Stuttgen.
Beuys engaged with politics: in 1967 he founded the German Students' Party, which was later renamed Fluxus Zone West, and then the Organization of Non-Voters Free Plebiscite.
Comisario ademas de las grandes retrospectivas de dos de sus artistas predilectos: Cy Twombly (Palacio Velazquez, 1986) y Josep Beuys (Museo Reina Sofia, 1993), etcetera.
The presence of Beuys at that 1961 event--where, as the catalogue reports, he "accidentally" kicked over Uecker's bucket of whitewash and interrupted the promotional Zero painting--mobilized an uncanny echo in the Guggenheim.
Y no es que se trate de la muestra de un sastre, agricultor o coleccionista, es que Joseph Beuys quiere provocar y sorprender con su arte.
Oddly, Antliff omitted Beuys from Art and Anarchy, but redresses this here by rebutting Hal Foster's portrayal of Beuys as a 'neo avant-garde' artist 'severed from all utopian and political aspirations' (see Foster et al, Art Since 1900: Modernism, Anti-Modernism, Post-Modernism, New York, 2011).
Segundo ela, para o artista Beuys nao ha performance, mas sim Esculturas Sociais com sugestoes e resultados especificos em conceitos da arte.
In any case, it seems the odd one out, as each of Beuys, Turrell, and Goldsworthy seems to call for some kind of exodus or counter-cultural movement, whereas if Barney too is pointing towards the need for some kind of transcendence, the outcome, it seems, is negative: 'In Barney's disfigured figures scatology marks the infinite deferral of eschatology.
Beuys crashed in flight, had an agonizing breakdown and hospitalization, and was transformed from puer aeternus to elder.
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Una aproximacion critica a la operacion artistica y politica de la obra I Like America and America Likes Me, de Joseph Beuys, nos permitira estudiar la complejidad de otras producciones artisticas que la referencian, comprendiendo la manera en que el indigenismo es incorporado por los artistas para justificar cierta posicion ante un sistema de identidades que pugna por restituir una ideologia colonial en el campo del arte.