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Coyotes and Felt by bernadette
January 31, 2009, 12:00 am
Filed under: art, modern

Joseph Beuys (1921-1986) was a German artist who created scenes and “Actions” that addressed social upheaval, change, and human isolation. His work often contained ordinary objects transformed into signs of the human condition and lots and lots of felt. In Coyote: I Like America and America Likes Me, Beuys flew to New York, wrapped himself in felt, and was transported via ambulance (so that he would never touch American soil) to a small room containing a coyote in which Beuys would reside for three days. During that time, he wrapped himself in felt and held a cane, got the Wall Street Journal delivered, and allowed the coyote to interact with him. In doing this Action, Beuys hoped to “isolate myself, insulate myself, see nothing of America other than the coyote.”

Joseph Beuys’ Coyote: I Like America and America Likes Me

Intact felt

Intact felt and wild coyote

Further along in the experiment

Further along in the experiment

The following video is a short excerpt of what is almost an hour of these shenanigans. Enjoy.

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