Everyone Is an Artist: Practices in Cosmopolitics with Joseph Beuys
Published by Hatje Cantz.
Edited by Susanne Gaensheimer, Isabelle Malz, Eugen Blume, Catherine Nichols.
A thematic survey of the artistic and pedagogical legacy of the German artist who believed that art can be a vehicle for the renewal of society
In 13 chapters, a wide variety of artists and thinkers offer insight into the unparalleled legacy of Joseph Beuys (1921–86) on the occasion of what would have been the German artist and pedagogue’s 100th birthday. Beuys adopted many roles over the course of his prolific career, but one of the guiding principles throughout his life was a radically expansive view of what art is and what art can do on levels both personal and political. He believed that every human being is an artist and that society could be renewed from the ground up. In this publication, the world’s brightest minds enter into a multilayered dialogue with Beuys and his theses about a possible future conceived through art. Words from Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Angela Davis, Jenny Holzer, William Pope.L, Patti Smith, Thich Nhat Hanh, Greta Thunberg and Malala Yousafzai, among many others, contextualize his vision.