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Joseph Beuys (1921-1986), Photo Documentation “The Pack“, 1970s.

Contact sheet, gelatin silver print on Agfa baryta paper, 24 x 31 cm. Age-appropriate condition.

Provenance: Private collection Düsseldorf; Collection Berlin.

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Description

Signed with blue ballpoint pen upper left.

Condition: Slightly finger-stained, several handling creases and linear pressure marks. The corners minimally bumped. Good overall condition consistent with age.

The photos taken with an Ilford HP4 film show, among other things, a documentation of the room designed by Joseph Beuys in the Neue Galerie in Kassel in 1976 with the installation “The Pack (the pack)”.

Biography

Joseph Beuys was born in Krefeld in 1921. After his assignment in World War I, he completed his studies as a master student with Ewald Mataré at the Düsseldorf Art Academy in 1951, where he held a professorship from 1961 until his dismissal in 1972. In dealing with humanism, social philosophy and the anthroposophical teachings of Rudolf Steiner, Joseph Beuys developed his “expanded concept of art” and the concept of “social sculpture”. His very extensive oeuvre is characterized by a subjective iconography, a mythically-magically connotated use of non-art materials such as grease and felt, and a multi-layered symbolic meaning. Beuys is considered one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. He died in Düsseldorf in 1986.

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artist

Joseph Beuys (1921-1986)

technique

gelatin silver print

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