Joseph Beuys

Untitled (1963-1964)

About this artwork

Beuys used newspapers in several of his works of the 1960s, and they are often seen folded up or bundled together. He regarded newspapers as a reservoir of information, commenting; "If all that remained of our century was a pile of newspapers, you would still have an incredibly rich cross section of human activities and specialisations on record, a battery of ideas". In this work, the artist has made additions to newspaper using Braunkreuz paint, in one instance nearly covering the whole page. The brown cross seen in many of his drawings appears at the centre of the piece.

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  • title: Untitled
  • accession number: AR00660
  • artist: Joseph BeuysGerman (1921 - 1986)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Work on paper
  • date created: 1963-1964
  • measurements: 29.2 cm x 40.7 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: © DACS 2016.
  • photographer: Antonia Reeve
This artwork is part of Artist Rooms

Joseph Beuys

Joseph Beuys

German artist Beuys believed that art was integral to everyday life. His own art was shaped by an experience early in his life. As a Luftwaffe pilot during the war, Beuys was shot down over the Crimea and was saved by nomadic Tartars. Barely alive, he was wrapped in felt and fat which preserved his body heat, and taken to safety on sledges pulled by dogs. This incident, and these particular elements, informed much of his art, which has a redemptive, mystical and ritualistic character. Central to his work were his 'Actions', which involved teaching, audience discussion and performance. The recurrent themes were social and political. Associated with the ecological movement - he was a founder member of the Green Party - he also had a strong influence on German politics.