Joseph Beuys | the artist
Born May 12 1921, Kleve, Germany.
Died Jan 23 1986, Dusseldorf, .
Original artworks, prints, exhibition posters, monographs, books, collectibles.
Beuys often said that his interest in fat and felt as sculptural materials grew out of a wartime experience a plane crash in the Crimea, after which he was rescued by nomadic Tartars who rubbed him with fat and wrapped him in felt to heal and warm his body. While the story appears to have little grounding in real events (Beuys himself downplayed its importance in a 1980 interview), its poetics are strong enough to have made the story one of the most enduring aspects of his mythic biography.
His most important students: Peter Angermann, Lothar Baumgarten, Walter Dahn, Felix Droese, Imi Giese, Jörg Immendorff, Anselm Kiefer, Imi Knoebel, Inge Mahn, Ulrich Meister, Meuser, Blinky Palermo, Katharina Sieverding and Norbert Tadeusz.