Joseph Beuys; Josef Beuys
© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London 2009

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Joseph Beuys; Josef Beuys after 1980
  • Artist Rooms
The German artist Joseph Beuys was a contemporary of Warhol and together they shared a mutual admiration for each other’s work. On the surface both artists may appear polar opposites but their art is often compared due to their shared understanding and mastery of the news media, and ability to transform everyday objects into high-value works of art. In 1980 Warhol was commissioned to create a portrait of the artist. Characteristic of his technique, he based the portrait on a Polaroid photograph, transforming it into a screenprint. Alongside painted versions he also produced a series of prints and drawings. This poster shows a repeated print of the Beuys portrait, resembling a sheet of stamps or Warhol’s experimentation with repetitive wallpaper designs in the 1970s.

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When an individual or organisation employs an artist to execute a particular project, the process and the resulting work are termed a ‘commission’.


An image pressed or stamped onto paper or fabric. This encompasses a wide variety of techniques, usually produced in multiples, although one-off prints, known as monoprints, are also included. The term is also applied to photographic images.


A print made by forcing ink through a screen on which a stencil is placed. Traditionally used for commercial printing, it has been taken up by artists since the 1960s when it was used extensively in Pop art.

Commission, Print, Screenprint


  • Acc. No. AR00390
  • Medium Screenprint on paper
  • Size 126.30 x 117.10 cm
  • Credit 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