Joseph Beuys - Grassello

Joseph Beuys
France - 1981
27 x 39 in (68 x 99 cm)
ID #101592

Photograph of a man's silhouette overlooking a distant town.

Joseph Beuys was one of the most influential artists of the late 20th Century. He was a German artist most famous for his sculptures and performance art. Recognized for his avant-garde and political approach to art, Beuys' work has been exhibited across Europe and America, with retrospectives in museums like the Guggenheim and Tate Modern. After serving in the airforce in World War II, Beuys returned to art school and became involved with the Fluxus art group during the 60's. This group of radical artists wanted to expand the definition of art, believing art should be created with the intention of transforming the world socially and politically. 

This poster is for a Beuys exhibit entitled "Grassello," shown in the Yvon Lambert Gallery in Paris. Grassello is an Italian word meaning a piece of animal fat. Animal fat was a common material in Beuys' artworks, the material holding lasting importance to him following his warplane crash in World War II. Nomads who rescued him from his crash used fat to treat his wounds, and this story became a reoccurring theme in Beuys' art. 

 

Artist: Joseph Beuys

Year: 1981

 

Grassello. Ca(OH)2 + H2O. Difesa Della Natura. Yvon Lambert Paris/Octobre 1981. 

100-250 1981 animal fat art artist beuys black and white contemporary artist difesa della natura fluxus germany grasello Joseph Beuys landscape medium nature silhouette Yvonne Lambert

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