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The Artist's Body
Tracing artists' increasing use of their bodies as subject and actual material of their artworks, this title charts the rise of new forms of expression such as Body Art, Happenings, Performance and Live Art.
Paperback, 304 pages
Published September 7th 2006 by Phaidon Press
(first published 2000)
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I use this book all the time. There's a great section of artist manifestoes and critical writing in the back. The whole Themes and Movements series from Phaidon is pretty awesome as a reference set, but I definitely use this one (on performance art) the most.
Very informative. I was tickled to find that they had included some of my favorite pieces, such as Opening Six Holes Simultaneously. The book presents a thorough, lucid breakdown of the role of the body in historical and contemporary art practices. Furthermore, the addition of original texts by the artists at the back of the book was an amazing surprise. Mendieta, Beuys, the Viennese Actionists, Sherman... if any of those names get you excited, then you should definitely try out this book.
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