Joseph Beuys (after 1980)
About this artwork
The German artist Joseph Beuys was a contemporary of Warhol and together they shared a mutual admiration for each other’s work. On the surface both artists may appear polar opposites but their art is often compared due to their shared understanding and mastery of the news media, and ability to transform everyday objects into high-value works of art. In 1980 Warhol was commissioned to create a portrait of the artist. Characteristic of his technique, he based the portrait on a Polaroid photograph, transforming it into a screenprint. Alongside painted versions he also produced a series of prints and drawings. This poster shows a repeated print of the Beuys portrait, resembling a sheet of stamps or Warhol’s experimentation with repetitive wallpaper designs in the 1970s.
- title: Joseph Beuys
- accession number: AR00390
- artist: Andy WarholAmerican (1928 - 1987)
- depicted: Joseph Beuys
- gallery: In Storage
- object type: Work on paper
- medium: Screenprint on paper
- date created: after 1980
- measurements: 126.30 x 117.10 cm
- credit line: ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008
- copyright: © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London 2016.
Andy Warhol was born 'Andrew Warhola' to Slovakian immigrant parents living in Pittsburgh in America. Warhol's subject matter was taken from popular culture, in the form of advertising, comics, magazines and packaging. He was able to produce his works quickly by transferring images onto canvas or paper through photography and screenprinting, sometimes with the help of assistants. Warhol stated that he wanted to make works that showed no trace of having been produced by hand. His interest in mass production reflected the fast-developing consumer culture he recognised in America. His New York studio, 'The Factory,' became a popular meeting place for artists, drop-outs, celebrities and bands.