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Performance : live art since 1960
Goldberg, RoseLee.
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New York : Harry N. Abrams Publishers, 1998.
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240 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
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NX456.5.P38 G66 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Live performance is now one of the dominant art forms worldwide. In the United States and Europe, Japan, India, and Africa, an ever-increasing number of artists, including Lucinda Childs, Robert Wilson, Pina Bausch, Marina Abramovic, and Matthew Barney, in a variety of styles, are engaged in evocative, contemplative, and critical performance works. This is the most complete and profusely illustrated survey of performance from the 1960s to the present.

RoseLee Goldberg, author of the 1979 Abrams book Performance: Live Art 1909 to the Present, begins her discussion with the emergence of performance in the work of Yves Klein and Piero Manzoni and later in that of Hermann Nitsch and Joseph Beuys. In words and stunning photographs she shows how performance explores and reveals the unexpected and the forbidden more than any other art form.

With sections on politics; theater, music, and opera; the body; identity; feminism and multiculturalism; new dance; the spoken word; video; rock and roll; and much more, Goldberg demonstrates the depth and breadth of performance and its profound impact on every other form of contemporary art.

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Library Journal Review

Literature on performance art is becoming more plentiful, but few up-to-date histories exist. Part of the problem is the nature of this kind of art. Its enticement stems from the general lack of boundaries, but this same fluidity makes harnessing it to a simple text difficult. Building from a base of photographic stills of works now considered classics, Goldberg, former curator of the Kitchen Center for Video, Music, and Performance, has tackled this problem admirably. Goldberg writes about performance art from direct experience‘she was involved with it from the beginning‘and her lucid essays offer just enough theory to help the reader grasp performance art's impact within the context of the entire century. Goldberg incorporates dance, music, and other art forms from the same period. Essential for its seriousness, clarity, and illustrations, her her work will no doubt be the most important text on this subject for quite a while. Recommended for all art, academic, and large public libraries.‘Susan M. Olcott, Columbus Coll. of Art & Design, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.