Joseph Beuys (1921–1986) is universally celebrated as one of the most important and revolutionary European artists of the last century. From early performances where he explored the role of artist as shaman, Beuys engaged his audience in unprecedented, provocative ways, calling upon art to be genuinely human medium for revolutionary change, "social sculpture" as he described it. Embarking on a creative project that blurred the boundaries between art and life, Beuys created performance objects, installations, sculptures and drawings that challenge our traditional notions of beauty and desire. The profoundly experimental nature of his work established Beuys as a founding father of the German avant-garde; he was a renowned teacher at the Düsseldorf Academy and his influence continues to resonate with a new generation of European and American artists working today.
Just hit the mark: Works from the Speck Collection
January 9–February 14, 2004
980 Madison Avenue, New York
Nam June Paik
June 3, 2017–January 1, 2018
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
This exhibition explores Nam June Paik’s pioneering career through the prism of his close friendships with artists, including Joseph Beuys, John Cage, and Charlotte Moorman. It spans Paik’s early Fluxus activity to his final autobiographical works and showcases the late artist’s video and sculpture work, alongside an array of ephemera, drawings, and other works on paper that have rarely or never been shown.
Nam June Paik, Self-Portrait, 2005, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art © Nam June Paik Estate