Joseph Beuys: the man, his art and his world view

17 Jun 2009

Stroud Valleys Artspace

Stroud, United Kingdom


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Cliff Gorman will explore Joseph Beuys' influences and influence. Beuys was one of the most important artists in the 1970/80's. His solo exhibition, 30 years ago, at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, created such a furore that patrons swarmed the sales desk demanding their money back, after seeing what they considered fraudulent art. At the same time in Germany 'Der Spiegel's' cover was devoted to a picture of Beuys (a rare occurrence for a living artist) that led with the question: Beuys, charlatan or genius?" Today his ideas still have the power to create waves. Beuys was a founder member of the German Green Party, an environmental artist and campaigner. His statement 'Everyone is an Artist' encapsulates the importance he gave to art. He wanted to expand the very notion of art and considered his teaching as his most import


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