Joseph Beuys

Untitled

About this artwork

Beuys's interest in sound is indicated in this assemblage, which uses a vinyl record as its base. Sound was often an important part of the artist's 'actions', as he viewed the voice as a vital and direct transmitter of energy and a way to sculpt sound. Music also became an integral part of the artist's 'actions' of the 1960s, influenced by his collaborations with the Fluxus group which contained many musicians. Here, Beuys has covered a record with the distinctive matt brown Braunkreuz oil paint often used for his paintings. The addition of seeds and vegetable matter represents nature.

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  • artist:
    Joseph BeuysGerman (1921 - 1986)
  • title:
    Untitled
  • date created:
    1962
  • materials:
    Oil, seeds and vegetable matter on vinyl record
  • measurements:
    30.40 x 29.90 x 6.00 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:
    AR00656
  • gallery:
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Joseph Beuys

Joseph Beuys