12 May 1921: Birthday of Joseph Beuys, German sculptor and illustrator (d. 1986) (Source)

Offset poster for US lecture-series Energy Plan for the Western Man (1974) by Joseph Beuys, organised by Ronald Feldman Gallery, New York Courtesy Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York (Source)

Joseph Heinrich Beuys (/bɔɪs/ BOYSS, German: [ˈjoːzɛf ˈbɔʏs]; 12 May 1921 – 23 January 1986) was a German artist, teacher, performance artist, and art theorist whose work reflected concepts of humanism, sociology, and anthroposophy. He was a founder of a provocative art movement known as Fluxus and was a key figure in the development of Happenings.

Beuys is known for his “extended definition of art” in which the ideas of social sculpture could potentially reshape society and politics. He frequently held open public debates on a wide range of subjects, including political, environmental, social, and long-term cultural issues. (Source)

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