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Joseph Beuys

The German-born artist Joseph Beuys, who lived from 1921 to 1986, was a painter, sculptor and performance artist, as well as a professor at the Art Academy in Dusseldorf. One of the most significant and influential artists of the twentieth century, he saw himself as the architect of a revolutionary type of poetry whose language arose from "poor" objects--from a strict reduction to the essential.

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