About this artwork

By the time of Beuys's first trip to America, on the 1974 lecture tour 'Energy Plan for the Western Man', the artist was well known for his public talks. During his lectures, Beuys would make notes on a blackboard, many of which became works of art in their own right. In his Minneapolis lecture, he drew on lithographic printing plates instead of a blackboard, which were later used to make the series of six prints, 'Minneapolis Fragments' (1977). This is one of those plates. Although it has been cancelled by incising it with an 'X' so no further prints can be made, Beuys has transformed it into a new work by adding hare's blood, an ink stamp and his signature. Beuys associated hare's blood with female creativity.

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  • artist:
    Joseph BeuysGerman (1921 - 1986)
  • title:
    Hare's Blood
  • date created:
    1974 - 1977
  • materials:
    Graphite, blood and stamp on aluminium plate
  • measurements:
    79.50 x 107.70 x 5.10 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:
    AR00625
  • gallery:
This artwork is part of Artist Rooms
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Joseph Beuys

Joseph Beuys