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Joseph Beuys (F. & S. II.243)

Joseph Beuys (F. & S. II.243)
Signed Print

Andy Warhol

Screenprint, 1980
Signed Print Edition of 150
H 102cm x W 81cm

Critical Review

This innovative image, and its entire series Joseph Beuys, highlights the Pop artist’s admiration and respect for his contemporary artist and activist Joseph Beuys (1921-1986). He snapped this headshot with a polaroid camera when the two met in 1979. The entire series originates with this single photograph. Beuys was widely regarded for his performance art and happenings, which often incorporated ideas of shamanism. Although Warhol’s interests in fame diverged from Beuys', the two admired each other’s work. Both artists actively worked to fashion their own images, and Warhol’s respect for his fellow artist is evident in this particular work and the larger series Joseph Beuys.