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joseph beuys (I)

This will be the first of a number of posts about Joseph Beuys. Because he is a creative hero, and because I am writing about him in an essay, and I want to share the good bits here – as and when I write them.

A shaman alchemist artist; an artist of transformation, generosity, pedagogy, healing, mythology, landscape, substance, objects.

And there is this element of Beuys’ work :


“Beuys appropriates many of alchemy’s basic tenets. Most important, he maintains that creativity is not only the distinguishing mark of the artist but is also the point of union between the divine and the human.”


(The quote is from Refiguring the Spiritual by Mark C.Taylor).

There is much to live up to.