Performance Art

(technique, late 1950’s-present)

Performance Arts is a type of art form that requires an audience. The artist could do the performance either live or via media. It could be scripted or not, random or orchestrated, spontaneous or planned. The audience may also just watch the performance or participate in it. It all depends on the style and creativity of the artist.

Leap into the Void

History

Performance Arts officially started in the 1960s when a variety of concepts and new works lead into this type of movement. The first artists who excelled in this field are Yoko Ono, Carolee Schneemann, and Wolf Vostell. A decade after, Performance Art evolved into a much stricter form. Radical performances were staged, just like that of Chris Burden, where he was shot by his assistant in the left arm standing only five meters away.

Performance Arts continued to flourish in the later years until the present time. In the 1980s, the biggest art performance was ‘Presence and Resistance’ by Philip Auslander. In the 1990s, this movement became so big in Russia, courtesy of performance artist Gyorgy Galantai. By the turn of the century, computer-aided performances took place. Major museums like the Tate Modern and the MoMA, started to curate live art performances.

Transfixed

Legacy and Influences

Performance Arts may come in the form of visual art or conceptual art. However, this art form dares to challenge cultural norms and orthodox art forms. The purpose of this art movement is to challenge how the audience thinks. It aims to break free of the traditional and conventional ideas. Aside from people and the artist himself, the movement may utilize robots and machines to be the act performers. Dance, music, and circus are usually integrated into this art form.

Interior Scroll

Famous Performances

A Performance Art staged by Yves Klein in 1960 captured him taking a ‘Leap into the Void’, thus the title of the performance. It was also in the same year when Carollee Schneemann gained worldwide recognition in her ‘Interior Scroll’ performance, where she danced naked. Years later, the dangerous Volkswagen act of Chris Burden in 1974 was staged. He entitled it ‘Transfixed’, as he allowed himself to be nailed into the back of the car before his got his left hand shot. The other notable art performances of the later years include Marina Abramovic’s ‘Seven Easy Pieces’; Stelarc’s ‘Parasite: Event for Invaded and Involuntary Body’; and ‘Reading the News’ by Marta Minujin.

Famous Artists

Aside from all the names previously listed, the other notable artists who made a mark in the Performance Art movement include Yayoi Kusama, Joseph Beuys, Allan Kaprow, Jim Dine, Gene Youngblood, Laurie Anderson, Willem Dafoe, and Zhang Huan, among others.

Performance Artists

Aki Sasamkioto
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Toni Dove
April 6, 2009 / By The Artists
Manit Sriwanichpoom
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Anastasia Klose
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Sokol Beqiri
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Ivana Spinelli
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Pilar Albarracin
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Sisley Xhafa
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Jaap Blonk
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Lee Mingwei
March 15, 2012 / By The Artists
Ei Arakawa
July 3, 2009 / By The Artists
Bradley McCallum and Jacqueline Tarry
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Matt Mullican
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Iepe B. T. Rubingh
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Mary Coble
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
David Askevold
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Mierle-Laderman Ukeles
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Bill Seaman
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Keith Arnatt
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Abbas Akhavan
September 12, 2011 / By The Artists
Hill Gary
April 27, 2009 / By The Artists
Orlan
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Moniek Toebosch
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Luis Jacob
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Attilio Geva
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Wang Jianwei
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Helena Almeida
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Jean Crotti
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Henrik-Plenge Jacobsen
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Maria Petschnig
May 4, 2010 / By The Artists
Timm Ulrichs
April 4, 2009 / By The Artists
Kim Coleman
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Spartacus Chetwynd
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Vanessa Beecroft
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Antoni Miralda
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Emmett Williams
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Tanja Ostojic
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Kate Bornstein
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Khadija Baker
March 14, 2012 / By The Artists
Joel Andrianomearisoa
July 3, 2009 / By The Artists
Istvan Kantor
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Christodoulos Panayiotou
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Matei Bejenaru
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Cezary Bodzianowski
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Miguel Bonneville
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
John Latham
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Stelios Arcadion
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Saburo Murakami
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Miranda July
August 9, 2011 / By The Artists
Critical Art Ensemble
April 24, 2009 / By The Artists
Minouk Lim
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Sharon Hayes
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Lyndal Jones
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Mireille Astore
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Sandra Johnston
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Zilla Leutenegger
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Stuart Brisley
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Kalup Linzy
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Ryan McNamara
May 3, 2010 / By The Artists
Chu Yun
April 2, 2009 / By The Artists
Harry Dodge Stanya Kahn
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Marie Cool Fabio Balducci
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Linda Montano
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Jayce Salloum
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Geoffrey Hendricks
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Kristin Lucas
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Bas Jan Ader
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Rory Pilgrim
March 13, 2012 / By The Artists
Angrit Ajchariyasophon
July 3, 2009 / By The Artists
Tellervo Kalleinen
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Vyacheslav Akhunov
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Stuart Ringholt
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Adam Putnam
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Elena Kovylina
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Hi-Red Center
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Ma Liuming
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
JJ XI & Cai Yuan
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Diego Castro
July 22, 2011 / By The Artists
Scott Jill
April 20, 2009 / By The Artists
Kim Jones
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Wolf Vostell
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Carolee Schneemann
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Karl Holmqvist
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Young Hay
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Jack Goldstein
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Ben Armagnac
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Serkan Ozkaya
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Katarzyna Kozyra
April 2, 2010 / By The Artists
Nikhil Chopra
April 1, 2009 / By The Artists
Ana Prvacki
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Lida Abdul
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Tehching Hsieh
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Raeda Saadeh
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Henning Christiansen
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Toshi Ichiyanagi
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Annie Sprinkle
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Gabriella and Silvana Mangano
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Ansuman Biswas
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Yan Lei
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