Joseph Beuys, Schwelle


Joseph Beuys (German, 1921-1986) and Jonas Hafner (German, b. 1940)

Schwelle, 1984

Medium: Relief etching with plate tone varying from impression to impression, on wove paper

Dimensions: 39.5 x 52 cm (15.5 x 20.4 in)

Edition of 120 + XXIV (each work colored individually): Hand signed, numbered and titled by Joseph Beuys; Hand signed and dated by Jonas Hafner

Publisher: Jonas Hafner, Augusburg

Catalogue raisonné: Schellmann 490

Condition: Very good



Ob Werbung Kunst ist, hängt davon ab wofür sie wirbt. (Whether advertising is art, depends on what it promotes.)  – Joseph Beuys

Joseph Beuys 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 Fluxus, happenings, performances, sculptures, installations, drawings and prints. Joseph Beuys’ multifaceted career also included lectures, activism, and even a campaign for elected office, and was directed at an “expanded concept of art”. He suggested that “art” might not ultimately constitute a specialized profession but, rather, a heightened humanitarian attitude, or way of conducting one’s 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 Joseph Beuys’ most famous artworks incorporate animal fat and felt, two common materials – one organic, the other fabricated. They constituted recurring motifs suggesting that art, common materials, and anyone’s “everyday life” were essentially inseparable. German, 1921–1986.

Joseph Beuys, Schwelle

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