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

Stephen Dillemuth
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Liu Bolin
September 12, 2011 / By The Artists
Abbas Akhavan
September 12, 2011 / By The Artists
Miranda July
August 9, 2011 / By The Artists
Diego Castro
July 22, 2011 / By The Artists
Guy de Cointet
June 12, 2011 / By The Artists
Jos de Gruyter Harald Thys
January 20, 2011 / By The Artists
art group Voina
December 2, 2010 / By The Artists
Bernd Lohaus
November 10, 2010 / By The Artists
Reynir Hutber
May 20, 2010 / By The Artists
Naama Tsabar
May 4, 2010 / By The Artists
Xaviera Simmons
May 4, 2010 / By The Artists
Aki Sasamkioto
May 4, 2010 / By The Artists
Maria Petschnig
May 4, 2010 / By The Artists
Ryan McNamara
May 3, 2010 / By The Artists
Katarzyna Kozyra
April 2, 2010 / By The Artists
Aleks Danko
March 30, 2010 / By The Artists
Marcus Coates
March 30, 2010 / By The Artists
Dana Claxton
March 30, 2010 / By The Artists
Aaron Young
February 4, 2010 / By The Artists
Kate Gilmore
December 18, 2009 / By The Artists
David Adamo
December 13, 2009 / By The Artists
Alex Bag
October 20, 2009 / By The Artists
Ei Arakawa
July 3, 2009 / By The Artists
Joel Andrianomearisoa
July 3, 2009 / By The Artists
Angrit Ajchariyasophon
July 3, 2009 / By The Artists
Ansuman Biswas
May 30, 2009 / By The Artists
Sigalit Landau
May 27, 2009 / By The Artists
Riitta Ikonen
May 26, 2009 / By The Artists
Fakler Merit
April 30, 2009 / By The Artists
O Grivo
April 29, 2009 / By The Artists
Ianes Mauricio
April 28, 2009 / By The Artists
Van Gogh TV
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Toro Janet
April 28, 2009 / By The Artists
Hill Gary
April 27, 2009 / By The Artists
Critical Art Ensemble
April 24, 2009 / By The Artists
Scott Jill
April 20, 2009 / By The Artists
Quintas Rudolfo
April 18, 2009 / By The Artists
Schneider Ira
April 18, 2009 / By The Artists
Rees Michael
April 17, 2009 / By The Artists
Lucas Cristina
April 16, 2009 / By The Artists
Zaccagnini Carla
April 16, 2009 / By The Artists
Marta Minujin
April 13, 2009 / By The Artists
Johannes Gees
April 8, 2009 / By The Artists
Toni Dove
April 6, 2009 / By The Artists
Timm Ulrichs
April 4, 2009 / By The Artists
Chu Yun
April 2, 2009 / By The Artists
Nikhil Chopra
April 1, 2009 / By The Artists
Andre Cadere
April 1, 2009 / By The Artists
Ulla von Brandenburg
April 1, 2009 / By The Artists
Massimo Bartolini
April 1, 2009 / By The Artists
Ragnar Kjartansson
March 23, 2009 / By The Artists
Jimmy Robert
March 13, 2009 / By The Artists
Didier Fiuza Faustino
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Przemyslaw Kwiek
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Bradley McCallum and Jacqueline Tarry
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Istvan Kantor
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Tellervo Kalleinen
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Yan Lei
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Eva and Adele
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Sharmila Samant
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Stephen Wilks
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Lin Yilin
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Vasan Sitthiket
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Nelly Agassi
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Emmy Hennings
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Orlan
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Minouk Lim
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Kim Jones
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George Chua
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Joao Onofre
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Gordon Matta-Clark
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Oliver Kochta
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Charles Atlas
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Yasunao Tone
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Lyle Ashton Harris
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Manit Sriwanichpoom
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Kim Coleman
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Harry Dodge Stanya Kahn
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Ana Prvacki
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John Bock
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Zhang Huan
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Narda Alvarado
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Mary Beth Edelson
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Brody Condon
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Justin Bennett
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Anatoly Osmolovsky
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Matt Mullican
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Christodoulos Panayiotou
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Vyacheslav Akhunov
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Sanja Ivekovic
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Chiharu Shiota
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Patty Chang
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Regina Jose Galindo
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Bruce Nauman
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Tony Schwensen
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Jumana Emil Abboud
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Eleanor Antin
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Moniek Toebosch
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