Beuys, A Century in 6 Works

Joseph Beuys with ‘Plight’ his installation at Anthony d’Offay Gallery London, Tue October 8th, 1985 (Photo Richard Demarco)

I only encountered German artist Joseph Beuys towards the end of his life in 1985. It was the opening of his exhibition Plight at London’s Antony D’Offay gallery. Outside it felt like the UK was at war. On one side, the Conservatives, led by Margaret Thatcher, worked to disempower the Trade Union movement. On the battle-front, the striking National Union of Mineworkers, led by Arthur Scargill. It was unbearably stuffy and claustrophobic in…