I like America and America likes me, Joseph Beuys 1974
“I wanted to isolate myself, insulate myself, see nothing of America other than the coyote.”
Beuys was a German avante-garde performance and avant garde artist, whose work forced viewers to question museums and view them naked and stripped. His work transformed museums from untouchable monuments to spaces of cultural experience - while also parodying and making political statements.
In I like America and America likes me, Beuys spent 5 days in a room without food or water living with an untamed coyote. The only other items in the room were a wool blanket, in which he swathed himself, and shredded articles from the Wall Street Journal. Beuys’ hope was that the coyote would use the WSJ shreds as a nest, but never explained his intended metaphor. One can only guess.