- Series: World of Art
- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Thames & Hudson; 2 edition (June 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0500203393
- ISBN-13: 978-0500203392
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #415,055 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Performance Art: From Futurism to the Present (World of Art) Paperback – June, 2001
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From Publishers Weekly
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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Top Customer Reviews
I think they appreciate the traditional step-by-step chronological approach of the book as they learn about this wildly untraditional genre.
I still laugh every time I look at the back of the book that has a review from D.J. Spooky as I picture a Halloween DJ reading about performance art to get new ideas. Of course that's likely not the case, but it's still great.
The greatest advantage of this book is its documentary quality, BUT at the same time its greatest weakness. For a book of art survey like this one, the majority of readers are really expecting systematic, organized statements of art happenings and insightful, thoughtful criticism, because these are the things that make you think, think seriously about arts. However, the author of "Performance Art" seems to take an very different approach. The author writes as if he/she is writing for a professional newspaper column, babysitting a bunch of hard-core art historians who are curious and eager to understand the nitty-gritty of performance art. Indulging in unraveled jargon and rarely known events, the author tries his/her best to show narcissism in his/her unique capability to recount art history in a visually sarcastic and documentary way. If you are someone who already got an PHD degree in art history, this is probably the best book for you, as I feel the author's thirst to initiate a professional conversation between his texts and audience. Otherwise, you should think twice because I found the style of the book constantly building a concrete wall between me and the history of performance, as if he/she is saying, "if you don't understand what I am talking about, you are not qualified to understand performance art".
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