Andy Warhol / Joseph Beuys (1980)
About this artwork
German artist Joseph Beuys was a contemporary of Warhol and although never close friends they shared a mutual admiration for each others work. On the surface both artists may appear polar opposites but their art has often been linked by critics due to their shared understanding and mastery of the news media, and ability to transform everyday objects into high-value works of art. This unusual poster is for a joint exhibition of their work held in 1980. The pair stayed in Naples for the opening and this photograph was certainly taken while there. Beuys sits rather uncomfortably on the edge of a fountain awkwardly holding Warhol’s hand. Warhol then bizarrely reaches behind with his other hand, into the mouth of the ferocious stone lion.
- title: Andy Warhol / Joseph Beuys
- accession number: AR00430
- artist: Andy WarholAmerican (1928 - 1987)
- depicted: Joseph Beuys
- gallery: In Storage
- object type: Work on paper
- date created: 1980
- measurements: 68.60 x 47.00 cm (framed: 75.40 x 54.00 x 3.80 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.