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The Art of Destruction: The Films of the Vienna Action Group (Persistence of Vision)

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The work of the Vienna Action Group inspires both visual artists in every medium and also dissidents in opposition to the banalisation and de-sexualisation of modern life. This book provides a comprehensive introduction to the work of the group in performance and film.
Paperback, 148 pages
Published February 25th 2015 by Creation Books (first published March 15th 2004)
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Jul 13, 2008 Michael X rated it it was ok
Reads like an art history textbook. This was a very hard read and the author writes as though he is trying to attain a word count for a professor, with long drawnout descriptions of the Action Groups exploits and long winded thoughts and observations about them. Every so often you get a morsel of good stuff and then it is back to the dry recounting of who and why, even if it has already been explained.
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