Essays on the Blurring of Art and Life

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University of California Press, 2003 - Art - 268 pages
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Allan Kaprow's "happenings" and "environments" were the precursors to contemporary performance art, and his essays are some of the most thoughtful, provocative, and influential of his generation. His sustained inquiry into the paradoxical relationship of art to life and into the nature of meaning itself is brought into focus in this newly expanded collection of his most significant writings. A new preface and two new additional essays published in the 1990s bring this valuable collection up to date.
  

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User Review  - lou - Goodreads

an amazing read and such a fantastic progression of thought about artlike art and lifelike art and Kaprow's progression from art back into life, or from artlike art back into life, like art i want ... Read full review

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One of the few art school books I still love post-art-school. Read full review

Contents

The Legacy of Jackson Pollock 1958 i
1
Notes on the Creation of a Total Art 1958
10
Impurity 1963
27
The Artist as a Man of the World 1964
46
Experimental Art 1966
66
Manifesto 1966
81
The Shape of the Art Environment 1968
90
The Education of the UnArtist Part I 1971
97
Flogging a Dead Horse 1974
154
Nontheatrical Performance 1976
163
Participation Performance 1977
181
Performing Life 1979
195
The Real Experiment 1983
201
Art Which Cant Be Art 1986
219
The Meaning of Life 1990
229
Maestro Maciunas 1996
243

The Education of the UnArtist Part II 1972
110
1973
127
Old Wine New Bottle 1974
148

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About the author (2003)

Allan Kaprow is Professor Emeritus of Visual Arts at the University of California, San Diego. Jeff Kelley is a critic and teacher.

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