Joseph Beuys

German artist and art theorist (1921–1986) / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Joseph Heinrich Beuys (/bɔɪs/ BOYSS, German: [ˈjoːzɛf ˈbɔʏs]; 12 May 1921 – 23 January 1986) was a German artist, teacher, performance artist, and art theorist whose work reflected concepts of humanism, sociology, and anthroposophy. He was a founder of a provocative art movement known as Fluxus and was a key figure in the development of Happenings.

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Joseph Beuys
Offset poster for Beuys' 1974 US lecture-series "Energy Plan for the Western Man", Ronald Feldman Gallery
Joseph Heinrich Beuys

(1921-05-12)12 May 1921
Died23 January 1986(1986-01-23) (aged 64)
EducationKunstakademie Düsseldorf
Known forPerformance, sculpture, visual art, sociophilosophy, theory of art
Notable workHow to Explain Pictures to a Dead Hare (1965)
Fettecke (1965)

Beuys is known for his "extended definition of art" in which the ideas of social sculpture could potentially reshape society and politics. He frequently held open public debates on a wide range of subjects, including political, environmental, social, and long-term cultural issues.[1][2]