Performances

Performance art is a unique art form whereby the art is exhibited or performed live, often by the artists themselves. In some cases, the artist presents the art “live” with performers or collaborators.

The art style has had a serious influence on the avant-garde art movement throughout the twentieth century and often played a crucial role in the development of Dada, Happenings, and Futurism, amongst other radical art movements.

Early performance art was born out of body art off the back of the fall in the popularity of abstract expressionism and modernism in the 1960s. Some of the renowned performance artists include Yoko Ono, Yves Klein, Chris Burden and Vito Acconci.

Why Gordon Matta-Clark cut holes in buildings – Conical Intersect

For the 1975 Paris Biennale, Gordon Matta-Clark made big cone-shaped holes in two buildings near the Centre Georges Pompidou. The action took place in Les Halles, a neighborhood that was being demolished. Matta-Clark aimed to permit passers-by to peek through to the Centre Pompidou while it had been under construction. Conical Intersect (1975) was a …

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Gilbert & George’s Singing sculpture – Breaking down this barrier

2 min 38 sec The artist duo of George Passmore and Gilbert Proesch – famously known as Gilbert and George – is undoubtedly one of the most long-standing and prolific collaborations of the post-conceptual art era. Perhaps the pair is best recognized for its wall-to-wall, colorful paintings, such as The …

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That time when Maurizio Cattelan posed as Picasso

Maurizio Cattelan’s works have earned him a reputation as a provocateur and a prankster. He also created some of the most memorable pieces in contemporary art. Cattelan’s art covers a range of subjects, from culture to history and religion. His sculptures arouse humor and controversy by criticizing societal evils, abuse of power, and authority. At …

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Bruce Nauman - Clown Torture, 1987, four-channel video installation, two projections, four monitors, color, sound, approx. 60 minutes, Collection of the Art Institute of Chicago

What makes Bruce Nauman’s Clown torture so controversial?

As you look at Bruce Nauman’s Clown Torture, what you see is the wildness and relentlessness of his work. A deeper examination of this masterpiece also reveals the work of a person who wishes to explore a few issues that affect human life. Among these are boredom, confusion, and entrapment. On top of that, Nauman’s …

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Some of Vito Acconci’s most influential performances

Vito Acconci is one of the most influential American artists. He was a poet, an architect, and a pioneer of performance art. Acconci is commemorated in art history for his artworks, including the ones we are going to discuss in this article. His artwork involved crossing the boundaries, including the public-private, real-world, and art world, …

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Keith Arnatt’s Self Burial – Watch this artist disappear

Keith Arnatt (1930-2008) is renowned for his conceptual work. Arguably, his most well-known and recognizable work is titled Self Burial (1969). Self Burial is a series of nine photographs, with each depicting Arnatt seemingly disappearing into a hole dug on the ground. Anyone watching the series would conclude that Arnatt is committing suicide. Self Burial …

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Bill Viola’s The raft – An image of destruction & survival

What comes to mind at the mention of a raft? Naturally, many people would imagine a large water body. Using a raft to cross over water means desperation and determination to reach the other side. When Bill Viola incorporated this aspect of human struggle into his artwork, people were impressed by the story he was …

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Why did Kimsooja crisscross South Korea with her Bottari Truck?

Kimsooja is a celebrated interdisciplinary artist who uses various artistic disciplines and mediums to weave a tale regarding concepts such as migration and cultural issues. Her work has been praised as giving center stage to these issues, and one of these renowned pieces is the Cities on the Move – 2727 Kilometres Bottari Truck, the …

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