Joseph Beuys, Magnetischer Abfall


Joseph Beuys (German, 1921-1986)

Magnetischer Abfall (Magnetic Garbage), 1975

Medium: Cast magnetic steel, in cardboard box

Dimensions: 10.5 脳 14.7 脳 1 cm (4 1/10 脳 5 4/5 脳 2/5 in)

Edition of 80:聽Hand signed and numbered on adhesive label and cardboard box

Condition: Excellent

In stock

鈥淎rt alone makes life possible 鈥 this is how radically I should like to formulate it. I would say that without art man is inconceivable in physiological terms.鈥聽鈥 Joseph Beuys

Joseph Beuys聽is recognised as one of the most influential artists of the postwar period. His extensive body of work is underpinned by concepts of social philosophy, humanism and anthroposophy and encompasses聽Fluxus, happenings, performances, sculptures, installations, drawings and prints. Joseph Beuys鈥 multifaceted career also included lectures, activism, and even a campaign for elected office, and was directed at an 鈥渆xpanded concept of art鈥. He suggested that 鈥渁rt鈥 might not ultimately constitute a specialized profession but, rather, a heightened humanitarian attitude, or way of conducting one鈥檚 life, in every realm of daily activity. In this regard, his work signals a new era in which art becomes increasingly engaged with political activism and social commentary. Several of聽Joseph Beuys鈥 most famous artworks incorporate animal fat and felt, two common materials 鈥 one organic, the other fabricated. They constituted recurring motifs suggesting that art, common materials, and anyone鈥檚 鈥渆veryday life鈥 were essentially inseparable.

German, 1921鈥1986

Joseph Beuys, Magnetischer Abfall

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