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Performance Art (World of Art)

From Futurism to the Present

RoseLee Goldberg


'RoseLee Goldberg has charted new territory by presenting for the first time a clear and accurate history of a continuous development of enormous consequence to the most adventurous twentieth-century art' Robert Rosenblum


Performance is now featured in major museums and considered one of the most important artistic forms of the twenty-first century. An astonishing increase in the number of works and venues around the world testifies to performance as the chosen medium for new generations of artists.

This is a timely update to the essential guide.

First published in 1979 and now extensively updated, this pioneering book has been expanded with a definitive account of the technological, political and aesthetic shifts in performance art that mark the early years of the twenty-first century.

A new chapter features over 100 artists from around the world, both established and up-and-coming, including Marina Abramovic, Walid Raad, Francis Alÿs, Pierre Huyghe, Tino Sehgal, Sharon Hayes and Matthew Barney among many others, who can now be seen in the historical context from the Futurists and Dadaists to Yves Klein and Laurie Anderson.

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Format: Paperback

Edition Type: Third edition

Size: 21.0 x 15.0 cm

Extent: 256 pp

Publication date: 5 September 2011

ISBN: 9780500204047

Contents List

Foreword (1) Futurism (2) Russian Futurism and Constructivism (3) Dada (4) Surrealism (5) Bauhaus (6) Living Art c. 1933 to the 1970s (7) The Art of Ideas and the Media Generation 1968 to 2000 (8) The First Decade of the New Century: 2001–2010

About the Author

RoseLee Goldberg is Director of Performa, a multi-disciplinary arts organization for the research, development and presentation of 21st-century visual art performance.Among her other books are Performance: Live Art Since the 60s and Laurie Anderson, both published by Thames & Hudson.