Joseph Beuys, 1980

This work is part of a series of large portraits dedicated to this giant of Post-war art, derived from a single Polaroid photograph that Warhol took in 1979, when the two met for the first time. It may seem surprising that Warhol and Beuys found common ground regarding how different their approaches were, Warhol exalting fame and consumerism while Beuys​ ​combined the spiritual and the physical ​using everyday materials. “I like the politics of Beuys. He should come to the US and be politically active there. That would be great… He should be president,” Andy Warhol said of his friend.