Joseph Beuys

Coyote II

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. This image shows items the artist used in the 'action'. The felt blanket and torch represent survival, he used the triangle to make music and lent on the shepherd's crook.

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  • artist:
    Joseph Beuys (1921 - 1986) German
  • title:
    Coyote II
  • date created:
    1980
  • materials:
    Photograph, black and white, on canvas with oil paint
  • measurements:
    45.50 x 70.30 cm (framed: 66.20 x 90.90 x 8.50 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 Art Fund, 2008
  • accession number:
    AR00694
  • gallery:
  • artwork photographed by:
    Antonia Reeve
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Joseph Beuys

Joseph Beuys