Performa: new visual art performance

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Performa, 2007 - Design - 271 pages
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RoseLee Goldberg amazed with PERFORMA 05, billed as the city's first biennial of 'visual art performance.' Working with a tiny staff, a shoestring budget and no institutional affiliation, Ms. Goldberg put together a program that covered a lot of aesthetic bases--old school, just out of school, high-tech, no-tech--and encompassed more than 60 scheduled events all of which makes the prospect of PERFORMA 07 shine with promise.--Roberta Smith, the New York TimesThis volume is the first in a series of important publications drawing content and inspiration from the PERFORMAbiennial. Featuring inventive documentation by the 100 artists who made the first PERFORMAso extraordinary, it offers an exhilarating view into contemporary visual art performance and "performs" as a collective artists' journal might. Vibrant photographs of each artist's performance are accompanied by their scripts, sketches and storyboards, providing unique insight into process and upending conventions around archiving performance. Lively interviews with some of the most significant artists of our time--including Francis Al s, Tamy Ben-Tor, Jesper Just, Marina Abramovic, Gelitin, Laurie Simmons and Mike Smith--appear alongside context-setting essays by some of our most inspired young curators. PERFORMAfounder RoseLee Goldberg, who pioneered the study of performance art with her seminal book Performance Art from Futurism to the Present(1979), presents an authoritative introduction addressing the genre's many forms--radio broadcast, dance, live installation, new technologies, film and video, music, historic reconstructions and lecture-as-performance among them. PERFORMAis not only an invaluable reference, it is a new kind of guide to cultural life, a time capsule of this very moment in New York's eminent performance history, complete with profiles of the city's nonprofit biennial venues that, like this book, give ephemeral art a physical place in which to persist.

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RoseLee Goldberg is an art historian, critic and curator and director of "PERFORMA", a new nonprofit arts organization whose objective is to support and present international performance work in the visual arts. Goldberg's seminal "Performance Art from Futurism to the Present", first published in 1979, pioneered the study of Performance Art. A graduate of the Courtauld Institute of Art, she was director of the Royal College of Art Gallery in London and curator at The Kitchen in New York. Ms. Goldberg is author of "Performance: Live Art Since 1960" and "Laurie Anderson", and is a frequent contributor to "Artforum" and other magazines. In 2001, Goldberg originated and produced "Logic of the Birds", by Shirin Neshat and Sussan Deyhim. She has lectured extensively and has taught at New York University since 1987. She was recently named a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Minister of Culture and Communication.

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