Art: The Noise of Beuys

At New York's Guggenheim, the guru of Düsseldorf

Joseph Beuys—sculptor, maker of happenings, guru and political fantasist—is without doubt the most influential artist in Europe. At 58, he is also one of the few genuine art world stars: the gaunt face, the felt hat that never comes off in public and the fishing jacket make up a uniform as immediately recognizable to his fans as Al Capone's fedora or Picasso's monkey mask. He even has a retinue of attendants, attired in cute red jumpsuits. For some years he has been one of the chief...

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