Anish Kapoor reimagines Joseph Beuys' work in protest against Trump

British-Indian artist Anish Kapoor has recreated a 1974 Joseph Beuys' work in protest against President Donald Trump's recent ban on nationals from 7 predominately Muslim countries entering the U.S.

Anish Kapoor reimagines Joseph Beuys' work in protest against Trump
Anish Kapoor, I Like America and America Doesn’t Like MeImage: Anish Kapoor
Anish Kapoor, I Like America and America Doesn’t Like MeImage: Anish Kapoor

In a statement, the artist said: ''I call on fellow artists and citizens to disseminate their name and image using Joseph Beuys' seminal work of art as a focus for social change. Our silence makes us complicit with the politics of exclusion. We will not be silent.''

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Kapoor's piece pays homage to Beuys' 1974 performance piece, for which he wrapped himself in felt upon arrival at JFK airport before being taken to the René Block Gallery by ambulance. At the gallery he spent three days with a torch, a cane, a wild coyote and a felt blanket. The idea of the piece was that Beuys' never saw any of nor stood foot on American soil.

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