Beuys (2018)


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Thirty years after his death, Joseph Beuys still feels like a visionary and is widely considered one of the most influential artists of his generation. Known for his contributions to the Fluxus movement and his work across diverse media--from happening and performance to sculpture, installation, and graphic art--Beuys' expanded concept of the role of the artist places him in the middle of socially relevant discourses on media, community, and capitalism. Using previously untapped visual and audio sources, director Andreas Veiel has created a one-of-a-kind chronicle: Beuys is not a portrait in the traditional sense, but an intimate and in-depth look at a human being, his art and ideas, and the way they have impacted the world.

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Most glaringly, the film does little in the way of providing important social and political context that informed Beuys' life journey.

Mar 5, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Plays like a fan's flip book divorced from meaningful resonance.

Feb 22, 2018 | Full Review…

Veiel's refreshingly open-ended approach invites you to find your own answers.

Jan 17, 2018 | Full Review…

In terms of provocation, Beuys could certainly provoke me into reading a book on its subject, a fine alternative to sitting through this evasive misfire again.

Jan 17, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Even if you don't need Beuys justified or explained to you, the movie is an exhilarating portrait of a unique truth-teller.

Jan 16, 2018 | Full Review…

Beuys is a sublime contemplation on the art and artist as a singular subject, achieved through a combination of technical experimentation and strong recurring motifs.

Apr 2, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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