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Performance Now

Live Art for the 21st Century

RoseLee Goldberg


The definitive illustrated overview of contemporary postwar art

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Now one of the most highly visible art forms, in the last two decades performance has emerged from the margins to become an essential vehicle for communication, transforming museums and galleries into lively cultural hubs for future generations.

This landmark survey by renowned authority RoseLee Goldberg reveals how live art has developed in the 21st century as a visual medium, a global language and a political force. A mesmerizing survey of this most varied art form, Performance Now is the ultimate reference for artists, art students and historians, as well as theatre, film, dance and architecture enthusiasts with an eye on the avant-garde.

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'RoseLee Goldberg’s writings on Performance as an art and activity have been THE necessary texts that inform our discovery and understanding of this complexly critical yet seductively available cultural practice. Performance Now continues to follow this dynamic live art into the 21st century with an expansiveness and rigor that has made Goldberg’s writings an indispensable chronicling of both art and its time'
Barbara Kruger

'An extensive survey of the most ground-breaking performance artists living and working today'
Dazed & Confused

'Goldberg’s specificity of language means that transitions between crisp descriptions and concise analyses of contexts are consistently thought-provoking'

'This book shows how Performance Art has infected Visual Art, World Citizenship, Politics, Choreography, Theatre and Architecture. Performance Art is a virus that doesn’t destroy, but gives oxygen and life … RoseLee Goldberg, you gave and give us an insight into what Performance Art has been, how it has developed and where it is at this moment. Thanks for this precious gift to all of us'
Ivo van Hove, Theatre Director

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Book Details

Format: PLC (no jacket)

Size: 27.5 x 23.0 cm

Extent: 272 pp

Publication date: 30 August 2018

ISBN: 9780500021255

Contents List

Introduction • 1. Performance as Visual Art • 2. World Citizenship: Performance as a Global Language • 3. Radical Action: On Performance and Politics • 4. Dance After Choreography • 5. Off stage: New Theatre • 6. Performing Architecture

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.