Joseph Beuys Why Joseph Beuys’s Mysterious Art Continues to Inspire—and Incense

Artnews Jan 05, 2021

A social sculptor, a performance artist, an educator, a mystic, a radio operator—Joseph Beuys was all of these things and more. Over the course of his career, Beuys, who has sometimes been grouped with the Fluxus movement of the 1960s, refused to fit his life and art into one squarely defined category. Half a century on, his work still manages to capture the public imagination: This year, a group of German institutions will band together to host shows devoted to Beuys’s career on the occasion of the centenary of his birth in 1921. Ahead of these exhibitions, below is a look back at Beuys’s continually fascinating work.

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