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Performance by Roselee Goldberg
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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 show in London. Just the fotos alone are incredibly inspiring. I almost wish I'd found this bk in Arabic on the moon. Then I cd've died & gone to Earth - maybe reincarnated as an H2O molecule in a swimming pool at Al Roon's Health Club in New York in 1965 just in time to be a participant in Claes Oldenburg's "Washes". There's even a picture of Russian Futurist David Burlyuk w/ his face painted from around 1913. So much positive energy from so many people working w/o a net & we're still perpetually at war.
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Michael t - the book you're reviewing was published in 1979. It was revised and enlarged in 1988 under the title Performance Art: From Futurism to the Present and published by both Thames and Hudson and Abrams with two different covers. My guess is that the historical sections remain the same and the contemporary stuff has been expanded. I have used this book so many times in the past for a variety of classes -- any excuse to use it! I have accumulated so much material - slides, video, handouts etc - for these courses. This is one course I miss teaching! There is another Goldberg performance book that came out in 1998 called Performance: live art since 1960. In hard back large format it is totally sumptuous and covers a lot of stuff that there obviously wasn't room for in the other versions. I'm not sure if the 2007 version in paperback expands on this or not. The other book I recommend is called "The Artist's Body" by Tracey Warr. Definitive.


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