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Out of Now: The Lifeworks of Tehching Hsieh

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In the vibrant downtown Manhattan art scene of the late 1970s and early 1980s, the Taiwanese-American artist Tehching Hsieh made a series of extraordinary performance art works. Between September 1978 and July 1986, Hsieh realized five separate one-year-long performance pieces in which he conformed to simple but highly restrictive rules throughout each entire year. Through ...more
Hardcover, 381 pages
Published March 1st 2009 by MIT Press (MA) (first published December 19th 2008)
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tENTATIVELY, cONVENIENCE
Jun 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE - June 21, 2010

One of my main 1st thoughts on reading this bk was: Oh, No! The academics have gotten their hooks into Tehching! &, in fact, after reading the whole thing, I STILL feel that way. What's most missing from this bk is the voice of the INTENSE, the voice of the people who were Tehching's community - even if he wasn't necessarily aware of who these people were. Ok, Marina Abramovic is in here - but I'm not very conv
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CM
May 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: art
A complete documentation(statements,posters,photographs) of Mr Hsieh's performance. It's impressive to see all these photos and records and for once, the totally un-portable size of an art book does add value to the presentation of art work.

This statement should give an idea why his performance is still talked about today.
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The documentation is bookended by the opening articles and a section of letters written to Mr Hsieh and an interview with Mr Hsieh. The articles are on the themes of the perfo
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Eugene
May 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing
hsieh now lives in brooklyn. here's an interview from 2003 in the brooklyn rail:
http://www.thebrooklynrail.org/arts/sept03/tehchinghsieh.html

at the moma through 5/18/09 there's a documentation of the year performance wherein he lived in a cage (most of the photos from the moma show are in the book--though they re-make the cage):
http://www.moma.org/visit/calendar/exhibitions/322
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Tammy Hsieh
Aug 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: art
Read mostly the Chinese version with the English version of Heathfield's part aside. Heathfield's writing is so poetic and philosophical but still reflects results of diligent research. ...more
Harrison Rip
Jan 16, 2014 rated it liked it
The few previously-unknown facts included about Tehching Hsieh's work are fascinating, but most of the writing is just masturbatory art criticism. If you're the kind of person who enjoys reading art reviews, you'll enjoy this. If not, you'll probably speed-read it like I did.
That said, it is cool to see the photos of Tehching Hsieh's work, which I've never seen before, and the interview with him (towards the back) is really revealing.
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Andrew
Mar 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
I heard of this artist many years ago and remember seeing a little documentation. I wasn't really all that interested at the time. In the last couple years he has come back up again, and I have to say that I'm extremely impressed by his commitment and sacrifice. This book does an incredibly job documenting the many durational pieces he has undertake, and the text is as good as the photos. ...more
Barry
Jul 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing
You can read my interview with Tehching Hsieg at http://www.frieze.com/issue/article/l... ...more
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