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

Dana Claxton
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Massimo Bartolini
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Narda Alvarado
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Otto Karvonen
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George Hughes
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Gao Brothers
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Giovanni Manfredini
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Robert Kushner
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Gina Pane
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
John White
March 3, 2012 / By The Artists
Fakler Merit
April 30, 2009 / By The Artists
Stephen Wilks
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Regina Jose Galindo
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Jonathan Allen
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Afua Osei-Bonsu
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Jun Yang
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
David Antin
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Ulrike Grossarth
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Amanda Heng
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Bernd Lohaus
November 10, 2010 / By The Artists
Lucas Cristina
April 16, 2009 / By The Artists
Oliver Kochta
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Stelarc
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Dora Garcia
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Roi Vaara
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Meg Cranston
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Oleg Kulik
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Ulay
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Jota Castro
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Aaron Young
February 4, 2010 / By The Artists
Ragnar Kjartansson
March 23, 2009 / By The Artists
Mary Beth Edelson
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Lee Bul
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Franklin Cassaro
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Joel Tauber
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Semiha Berksoy
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Jurgen Klauke
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Bruce Mclean
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
He Chengyao
December 20, 2011 / By The Artists
O Grivo
April 29, 2009 / By The Artists
Lin Yilin
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Bruce Nauman
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Ivan Grubanov
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Roddy Hunter
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Robin Rhode
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
L.A. Raeven
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Shigeko Kubota
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Mike Parr
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Reynir Hutber
May 20, 2010 / By The Artists
Zaccagnini Carla
April 16, 2009 / By The Artists
Charles Atlas
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Natascha Sadr Haghighian
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Hannah Wilke
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Katsunobu Yaguchi
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Charlotte Moorman
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Coco Fusco
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Tristan Tzara
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Yason Banal
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Kate Gilmore
December 18, 2009 / By The Artists
Jimmy Robert
March 13, 2009 / By The Artists
Brody Condon
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Rebecca Belmore
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Joan Morey
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Marcello Maloberti
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Monika Weiss
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
George Maciunas
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Georges Mathieu
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Tris Vonna-Michell
November 29, 2011 / By The Artists
Ianes Mauricio
April 28, 2009 / By The Artists
Vasan Sitthiket
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Tony Schwensen
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Otmar Bauer
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Jason Lim
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Tino Sehgal
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Rasa Todosijevic
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Nan Hoover
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Paulina Olowska
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Naama Tsabar
May 4, 2010 / By The Artists
Marta Minujin
April 13, 2009 / By The Artists
Yasunao Tone
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Paul McCarthy
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Taiyo Kimura
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Gabriela Bertiller
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Tobias Bernstrup
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Wolfgang Flatz
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Ping Chong
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Andrea Fraser
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
David Adamo
December 13, 2009 / By The Artists
Didier Fiuza Faustino
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Justin Bennett
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Gunter Brus
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Marco Paulo Rolla
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William Anastasi
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Michelle Handelman
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Lucas Samaras
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Gints Gabrans
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Stephen Dillemuth
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Van Gogh TV
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Nelly Agassi
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