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Performance Art: From Futurism to the Present

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This pioneering book has now been expanded with a new chapter that brings it into the second decade of the twenty-first century, mapping the global rise of performance to the present day. RoseLee Goldberg explores contemporary artists’ approaches to politics, tradition, social engagement, and the art world itself, while evaluating the changing status of performance and its ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by Thames & Hudson (first published January 1st 1979)
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Revived review for all you Conceptual Art fans, all three of you! Performance Art was Conceptual Art's dangerous unpredictable, frankly quite unstable younger brother.


(Warning : this review is not for the squeamish. I know you're probably not that squeamish. But just so you know, there will be pierced flesh and... other things.)


The performance artists are the real lunatics of modern art and I love them all. Here are some of my favourites :


1971 : "Seedbed" (January 15–29, 1971).
There's so much amazing performance. This bk gives a great history of some of it. Other bks cd be very different. Sometimes I look at bks on subjects I'm fairly knowledgable about & think: "WHAT?! They don't even mention such-&-such?!!" This bk doesn't get that rejection. It covers Bauhaus light plays from 1922. It covers a performance of a Satie piece w/ Buckminster Fuller as one of the actors in conjunction w/ Merce Cunningham! It even gets into COUM Transmissions's 1976 Prositution sh ...more
"Performance Art: From Futurism to the Present" is definitely an interesting book. Being recommended to me by my Dramateacher, I thought it would be a sort of massive and exhausting book but no... It can actually be read quite easily and is just great to those who want to know more about the origins of performance.
Chris Lugo
This book literally changed my life. As a performance artist I found validation and an interpretation of experience in this book that gave a new meaning to my reality as an artist. I recommend this book to anyone interested in studying and understanding the function of performance art as a discipline and practice.
Jan 15, 2011 Steve rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ben, sarah
this book has truly been an inspiration. very through, and extremely readable. it really pulls together the origins of performance art among different art movements. i strongly recommend this to all artists and music performers.
Spencer King
Functional information about performance art over time. Nothing especially thrilling or inspiring, personally, but worth revisiting as a means of working from different perspectives.
This was the text for one of my courses in school. I refer to it often. I don't know, it is just awesome when a "textbook" can be a source of inspiration.
Eric Dean
SO COOL! Anyone interested in theatre or performance should read this history of Performance Art.
Performance Art: From Futurism to the Present (World of Art) by Roselee Goldberg (1988)
A slow read. Great info on origins of performance that I never knew existed.
Uma outra visão do Sec. XX.
Classical book.
Mills College Library
700.904 G6185 2011
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