Joseph Beuys
© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London 2015

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Joseph Beuys after 1980

On Display Modern Two

  • Artist Rooms
The German artist Joseph Beuys was a contemporary of Warhol and together they shared a mutual admiration for each other’s work. On the surface both artists may appear polar opposites but their art is often compared due to their shared understanding and mastery of the news media, and ability to transform everyday objects into high-value works of art. In 1980 Warhol was commissioned to create a portrait of the artist. Characteristic of his technique, he based the portrait on a Polaroid photograph, transforming it into a screenprint. Alongside painted versions he also produced a series of prints and drawings. This poster shows a repeated print of the Beuys portrait, resembling a sheet of stamps or Warhol’s experimentation with repetitive wallpaper designs in the 1970s.


  • Acc. No. AR00390
  • Medium Screenprint on paper
  • Size 126.30 x 117.10 cm
  • Credit 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