CMay Gallery is pleased to present Joseph Beuys, Everybody Is An Artist, a new exhibition of works by one of the most influential artists of the 20th century.

The exhibition will feature a diverse group of original works created from 1968 to 1986, including works on paper, multiples, mixed media and sculptures and will run from January 27 to March 17, 2017. The opening reception will be held on Friday January 27, 2017 from 5:00 to 9:30 pm.

Joseph Beuys (German, 1921-1986) studied natural sciences before the war, but upon return to his hometown in 1945 decided to continue his studies in art and enrolled in Monumental Sculpture program at Düsseldorf Academy of Fine Arts the following year where he later studied under Ewald Mataré.


Beuys was an artist, a teacher, an activist, the co-founder of the Free International University and the German Green Party. Beuys remains a pioneering figure in contemporary performance art. He is perhaps best known as a leading figure of the avant-garde FLUXUS movement, which brought together artists of all disciplines from around the world to contest the authority and elitism of the art world by way of radical experimentation. Beuys used found objects that he referred to as “very basic to life and not associated with art” to create works that he labeled as ‘vehicles’ for transformation towards a better future or as he called it a social sculpture.

Joseph Beuys, Everybody Is An Artist presents the artist’s career within the framework of his own philosophy. In fact, in a statement in 1973- first published in English in Caroline Tisdall: Art into Society, Society into Art (ICA, London, 1974), p.48. Capitals in original- he championed the idea that “to dismantle in order to build ‘a social organism as a work of art’…every human being is an artist’ who – from his state of freedom – the position of freedom that he experiences at first-hand – learns to determine the other positions of the total art work of the future social order.”

This exhibition has been made possible through a collaboration with “Galerie Thomas Modern” in Munich, Germany.

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