Andy Warhol

Joseph Beuys

Screenprint with diamond dust on Black Arches paper.
44″ x 30″
Edition of 90, 15 AP, 3 PP, a total of 13 individual TP not in portfolios numbered TP 1/3-3/3 and TP 1/10-10/10, signed and numbered in pencil lower right.
Portfolio of 3 screenprints.
Printer: Rupert Jasen Smith, New York
Publisher: Editions Schellmann & Klüser, Munich/New York

Andy Warhol – Edition Prints – Joseph Beuys

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Andy Warhol Joseph Beuys is a range of artworks created by artist Andy Warhol.

German artist Joseph Beuys was a contemporary of Warhol and although never close friends they shared a mutual admiration for each others work. On the surface both artists may appear polar opposites but their art has often been linked by critics due to their shared understanding and mastery of the news media, and ability to transform everyday objects into high-value works of art.

When Andy Warhol first burst onto the artistic stage in the 1960s’, he did so by incorporating images that were firmly embedded in the American psyche. His bright and colorful paintings and serigraphs presented images that were commonplace — a soup can or coke bottle — but were transformed by his technique into artistic icons of popular culture. Warhol was most interested in image and not reality, although one could say that by casting these mass produced commercial images in his own unique style, Warhol was making a comment on the reality of living in a world that was dominated by images from the advertising and entertainment industries. Warhol’s prints are in essence images of images. They are at least once removed, and often several times removed, from reality. His famous prints of Marilyn Monroe and Jackie Kennedy, not to mention countless other celebrities, are based on photographs. As in the case with Marilyn Monroe, many of those photographs are of his subjects posing as a character, not as themselves, a subtle reminder that once someone achieves a certain celebrity status, they become further and further removed from their real selves. How many layers must one remove to finally see the real person depicted in a Warhol print?