Joseph Beuys

Coyote I

About this artwork

This is one of a pair of images showing Beuys's 1974 'action' 'I Like America and America Likes Me'. The 'action' began as soon as the artist landed in America. He was wrapped in felt at the airport, and driven in an ambulance to René Block's Manhattan gallery. He spent three days in the gallery space with a coyote before being driven straight back to the airport and flown home. The coyote is sacred to Native Americans, and represented an aspect of the country's past that Beuys liked. Each day of the 'action', he made two piles of the current 'Wall Street Journal'. These would be duly torn or urinated on by the coyote – his statement on contemporary America.

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  • title:
    Coyote I
  • accession number:
    AR00695
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  • materials:
    Photograph, black and white, on canvas with oil paint
  • date created:
    1980
  • measurements:
    45.20 x 70.20 cm (framed: 66.00 x 90.80 x 8.50 cm)
  • 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
  • copyright:
    © DACS 2018.
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
This artwork is part of Artist Rooms

Joseph Beuys

Joseph Beuys