Joseph Beuys & Anselm Kiefer
Joseph Beuys (May 12, 1921 – January 23, 1986) was a German Fluxus, Happening and performance artist as well as a sculptor, installation artist, graphic artist, art theorist and pedagogue of art. Anselm Kiefer (born March 8, 1945) is a German painter and sculptor. He studied with Joseph Beuys and Peter Dreher during the 1970s./5
a liberal arts major might say because of Anselm Kiefer and Joseph Beuys the Germans are solid.
ANSELM KIEFER. Anselm Kiefer is considered by the most serious Critics as THE Most Important Painter working today but how could he have missed being as he is a former Student of Joseph Beuys and Peter Dreher of the contemporary Bauhaus that is the KUNSTACADEMIE DUSSELDORF that has incubated many of the other most important Artists today. As I have related and anyone can confirm with just a casual research it was Germany that was the International Capital of Serious Art and Culture during the Weimar era before the coming of Hitler, the King of the Right Wing who not only murdered over 6 Million innocent people but destroyed the Art scene and Artists of Germany along with same. The less astute have never been aware of this and would not have believed it and would still not believe it even now even though again all one has to do is a little research to discover that this was TRUE. Germany always produced the greatest Symphonic Music, they also produced the greatest Musical Theatre think Kurt Weil and Berto ...
Anselm Kiefer was born on March 8, 1945, in Donaueschingen, Baden-Württemburg, Germany, and raised near the east bank of the Rhine in the region of the Black Forest. Kiefer was named after the nineteenth-century classical painter Anselm Feuerbach and planned from childhood to become an artist. After studies at the university in Freiburg and the academy in Karlsruhe, he studied informally in the early 1970s with the artist Joseph Beuys on occasional visits to Düsseldorf. Before moving to Barjac, in the Languedoc region in the south of France, in 1992, Kiefer made art at home in Hornbach and then in a large converted brick factory in Buchen. He recently moved from the south of France to Paris. The great majority of Kiefer's works since his emergence in the late 1960s through the 1990s refer to subjects drawn from Germany and its culture: German history, myth, literature, art history, music, philosophy, topography, architecture, and folk customs, even going so far as to exploit clichés or commonplace icon ...
FW: Your painting style is quite unique and it is often difficult to find reference points. Can you explain which artists have influenced your work? BGP: When I first started painting some 15 years ago I was very influenced by Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg. Later it was Joseph Beuys and Anselm Kiefer – and a guy named Robert A. Burns. He was the set designer on The Texas Chainsaw Massacre which made a tremendous impression on me. Looking back, I would probably have to put Burns at the top of the list. Then one day visiting a museum shop I randomly picked up a book on Max Beckmann and everything started to fall apart. Eventually I stopped painting. Beckmann completely overwhelmed me, and rather than allowing him to inspire me, I let myself be blinded by his genius. I got confused and felt like I didn’t know what I was doing anymore, and then I just stopped. I threw everything away, even my brushes. It wasn’t until you came along and told me to snap out of it that I went and bought me some new ...
Finished my essay on Joseph Beuys. Will have it posted to my site probably later this evening, for those interested. But this will also be the last free art essay I publish: if you want to read other essays on people like Anselm Kiefer, Damien Hirst, Christian Boltanski or Odd Nerdrum, you'll have to buy the book. But hey: so far I've given you guys four free chapters.
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