Andy Warhol

Portrait of Joseph Beuys

About this artwork

Portraits were central to Warhol's work, as he was obsessed with fame and with icons. If someone wasn't already famous he could immortalise them in one of his unique and instantly recognisable portraits. He made a series of portraits of artists, including this one of German artist Joseph Beuys. Beuys was a contemporary of Andy Warhol. Both artists shared an understanding and mastery of the news media, although they used it in different ways. Beuys had an ambivalent attitude towards America, in contrast to Warhol's celebration of popular culture.

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  • artist:
  • title:
    Portrait of Joseph Beuys
  • date created:
    1980
  • materials:
    Acrylic paint and silkscreen on canvas
  • measurements:
    50.80 x 41.00 x 2.30 cm
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    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
  • accession number:
    AR00587
  • gallery:
  • depicted:
  • subject:
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Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol