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Performance Art: From Futurism to the Present (World of Art) Paperback – June, 2001

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First widely, and fittingly, recognized in the 1970s the heyday of conceptual art, which insisted on "an art of ideas over product, and on an art that could not be bought and sold" performance art has thrived in recent decades, according to RoseLee Goldberg's Performance Art: From Futurism to the Present. First published more than 20 years ago, the book has been extensively updated. Goldberg (Laurie Anderson), a former curator of the Kitchen Center for Music, Video and Performance in New York City, analyzes artists as varied as the dadaists, Laurie Anderson, John Cage, Cindy Sherman, Mariko Mori, Paul McCarthy, Matthew Barney, Karen Finley, Forced Entertainment and Desperate Optimists. It's mandatory reading for scholars and practitioners, and helpful to anyone who wants to learn more about this intriguing but often bewildering art form. 186 illus.

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A most welcome publication ....a basic source for scholar, artist, and general reader. -- Choice

[A] clear and accurate history of ....a continuous development of enormous consequence to the most adventurous twentieth-century art. -- Robert Rosenblum

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Product Details

  • Series: World of Art
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson; Second Edition edition (June 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500203393
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500203392
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 0.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,646,556 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 20, 1998
Format: Paperback
Goldberg's is an excellent, well-researched, and interesting text that documents the history of a most misunderstood medium: performance art. Proceeding in a sure-footed way from the early, combative, theatrical efforts of the Italian Futurists, then to Dadaism, then on to the dances of Oskar Schlemmer, to the 1960s "happenings", up until the end of the 1980s...Goldberg covers it all. She gives essential and pertinent cultural information that facilitates the reader's understanding of the "how" and the "why" of performance art. This book is a must-have for art and cultural historians, as well as anyone who wants to broaden their knowledge of the key figures and events relating to art of the modern and postmodern eras.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ellen Mueller on December 30, 2013
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While it's impossible to fully catalog a genre of art, this book is a great start, especially for beginners. I use this book in my Performance Art seminar for undergrads, and it is always illuminating for the students.

I think they appreciate the traditional step-by-step chronological approach of the book as they learn about this wildly untraditional genre.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rafal M on June 22, 2009
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An important work and fundamental source. One can find a lot of interesting and wide spectrum type information about the performance. This is a very good handbook wchich completely fulfill my expectations.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sanja on November 11, 2013
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Well organized, interesting and easy to read even if one hasn't previous experience in the subject. Has a lot of photographs to illustrate the text.
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By Daniel L. Rolnik on December 16, 2008
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I was just kind of fascinated with Performance art when I first bought the book, but now it's all I can think about. This book is awesome for anyone that is even remotely interested in performance art. Yes the cover seems a bit low-fi, but the content inside is engaging and awesome!
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Interesting historical overview but full of holes (For instance, how does Goldberg manage NOT to mention Tehching Hsieh?)...you should also read another book on the topic to get a fuller picture.
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