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.

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Ivanka vacuuming & Why throwing her crumbs makes you feel powerful

Live art is not common, yet it is the only form of expression that would bring out a real-life perception. Ivanka Vacuuming is one of such artworks, created by an American artist Jennifer Rubell. In the live-streamed performance, a model look-alike of Ivanka Trump is recorded vacuuming crumbs from a carpet. The art piece, …

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Lin Yilin – Safely Maneuvering Across Lin He Road

Lin Yilin Lin Yilin needs no introductions in the world of performance art. As one of the most well-known Chinese artists, Yilin has made a name for himself for his contemporary interventions and performance pieces that often criticize China’s extreme urbanization, modernization, commercial globalization, as well as its geopolitical conflicts. Lin was born in Guangzhou, …

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Xu Zhen’s In just a blink of an eye – Defying the laws of physics?

Have you ever seen one of those perfectly timed photos that capture the exact moment someone begins to fall on their bum? With modern technology, it is not hard to capture that “perfect moment”. However, capturing that “perfect moment” in a live performance is nearly impossible; unless you are Xu Zhen. Chinese artist Xu …

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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 …

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

2 min 38 sec Who is Gilbert & George? 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

What is Maurizio Cattelan known for 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, …

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Gordon Matta-Clark – How to split a house in two?

Who was Gordon Matta-Clark? Gordon Matta-Clark was a well-known artist who was primarily active in New York in the 1970s before his death at the age of 35. Even though he went to school to study architecture, he has never professionally practiced this career. Matta-Clark was one of the most persuasive American artists that set …

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Some of Vito Acconci’s most influential performances

Who was Vito Acconci? 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. Influence His artwork involved crossing the boundaries, including the …

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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 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 …

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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 …

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