The Joseph Beuys complete portfolio was created in 1986 as Andy Warhol’s tribute to the great Joseph Beuys, who was considered one of the most powerful and influential post-war art figures of the 1960’s. As a child, Beuys was a member of Hitler Youth, and his difficult path growing up led him to have an intimate relationship with art. In addition to being a sculptor, graphic and installation artist, Beuys was also an art theorist and performing artist. His art was celebrated for its revolutionary modern themes. One of his installation pieces was a piano that did not make sound, covered in red felt with a cross on its side. The work was meant to serve as a visual piece that represented silence as a danger to society.
While they were never said to be close friends, Warhol and Beuys admired each other greatly as artists. Beuys spoke often of the healing capabilities of art and the wonders of human creativity. Their artistic styles varied greatly, but they are often associated with each other because they both create works focused on popular images in the media. The Joseph Beuys complete portfolio includes FS II.242-244.