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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

Kate Gilmore
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Jimmy Robert
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Brody Condon
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Rebecca Belmore
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Joan Morey
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Marcello Maloberti
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Monika Weiss
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George Maciunas
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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
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Tino Sehgal
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Rasa Todosijevic
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
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
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Tobias Bernstrup
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Wolfgang Flatz
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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
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Marco Paulo Rolla
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
William Anastasi
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Michelle Handelman
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Lucas Samaras
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Gints Gabrans
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Stephen Dillemuth
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Van Gogh TV
April 28, 2009 / By The Artists
Nelly Agassi
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Jumana Emil Abboud
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Almagul Menlibayeva
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Carey Young
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Lena Mattsson
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Zuzanna Janin
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Robert Filliou
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Gustav Metzger
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Xaviera Simmons
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Johannes Gees
April 8, 2009 / By The Artists
Lyle Ashton Harris
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Chris Burden
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Otto Muehl
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Luigi Ontani
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Cesare Viel
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Vera Frenkel
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James Lee Byars
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Martha Rosler
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Alex Bag
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Przemyslaw Kwiek
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Anatoly Osmolovsky
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Suzann Victor
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Beth Moyses
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William Engelen
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Tibor Hajas
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Rudolf Schwarzkogler
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Paul and Menno de Nooijer
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Liu Bolin
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Toro Janet
April 28, 2009 / By The Artists
Emmy Hennings
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Eleanor Antin
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Nezaket Ekici
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Hyungko Lee
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Zhu Ming
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Hanne Lauridsen
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Douglas Davis
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Terry Fox
December 28, 2008 / By The 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
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Ei Arakawa
July 3, 2009 / By The Artists
Bradley McCallum and Jacqueline Tarry
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Matt Mullican
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Iepe B. T. Rubingh
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Mary Coble
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David Askevold
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Mierle-Laderman Ukeles
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Bill Seaman
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Keith Arnatt
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Abbas Akhavan
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Hill Gary
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Orlan
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