Margot Mifflin
September 06, 1991 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Joseph Beuys

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Joseph Beuys
publisher
Abbeville Press
genre
Biography

We gave it an C-

Joseph Beuys, the utopian German artist who died in 1986, was known for shamanic performances that included sweeping out a forest and explaining art to a dead hare but also for his political activism. He founded Dusseldorf’s Free University in 1974 and ran as a Green party candidate for the European parliament in 1979. Joseph Beuys is the first English-language biography of this controversial folk hero. Handsomely designed and lovingly detailed, it offers only limited insight into the elusive conceptualist one critic called ”half-way between clown and gangster.” C-

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