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Joseph Beuys (1921-1986)
Joseph Beuys was in Krefeld but grew up mainly in two nearby towns, Kleve and Rindern. Beuys became associated with the Fluxus movement, eventually becoming its most significant and famous member. He moved from drawing toward performance art motivated by his belief that art has a larger role to play in society. In 1979 Beuys became a founding member of the German Green Party.
Felt Suit
Defense of Nature,
Animal Woman
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Animal Woman, 1949, cast 1984.
Bronze, 18 3/8 x 5 1/4 x 4 inches. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.  

Beuys accentuated the fetishistic character of the work by finishing the various casts of the statue (there are seven casts and one artist’s proof) with different patinas. The grossly enhanced sexual characteristics of Animal Woman, notably the hips and breasts, are in keeping with the type of nature imagery that Mataré and he favored during the late 1940s; a primordial female nude was a recurring subject of Beuys’s work at this time.
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