Caroline Tisdall: Joseph Beuys: Coyote (1976–)

28 February 2014, dusan

Coyote was the first attempt to capture a performance by Joseph Beuys in book form. Beuys’s Action, I Like America and America Likes Me, took place in May 1974, when he spent seven days and nights in a room with a wild coyote.

The artist’s activities during his confinement with the coyote followed a repeated pattern. He employed a number of objects: felt, a walking stick, gloves, a flashlight and the Wall Street Journal – fifty copies were delivered daily. Over the period of a week, man and beast developed a mode of wordless co-existence, a two-sided performance that became rich with assumed meanings. Caroline Tisdall, a longstanding friend of the artist, who has written extensively on Beuys and has directed films about him, took most of the photographs and wrote the accompanying text.”

First published by Schirmer/Mosel, Munich, 1976
Publisher Thames & Hudson, London, 2008
ISBN 9780500543689
160 pages
via Scribd

Commentary: Jan Verwoert (e-flux, 2008).


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4 Responses to “Caroline Tisdall: Joseph Beuys: Coyote (1976–)”

  1. Santosh on January 26, 2015 8:25 pm

    The download link does not work. Please fix and/or let me know a new link to download the book. Thank you so much!

  2. dusan on February 2, 2015 9:29 am


  3. Francisco on November 22, 2019 6:12 pm

    Dear Dusan,
    wouldn’it be possible to update the link again? It seems it’s not working.
    Thank you so much.

  4. dusan on November 23, 2019 7:44 pm


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