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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Allan Kaprow是美國當代重要的藝術家與藝評家,他的藝術創作與文字著述都在藝術史上具有重要的影響,「偶發藝術」(The Happenings)一詞便是由他首先使用來描述前衛的表演活動。
本書則是他的文章合集,收錄了自1958年到
1990年的多篇論述,從年代先後次序來看,Kaprow的對於藝術整合向生活實踐有著漸進的看法,他先是自Jackson Pollock得到啟發,其後關注於完全藝術(total art)的創作,這個跨越藝術學科界線的嘗試終於引領出偶發藝術一詞的誕生。
Kaprow在60年代的文章中,對於偶發藝術的進一步闡釋,是其寫作的核心,同時不斷激勵著新的藝術的實驗。然而這些實驗終將對藝術的界線構成挑戰,在70年代,Kaprow的寫作更傾向去批判藝術體制,他的三篇The Education of the Un-Artist充分地辨驗了藝術家、非藝術家與藝術世界的關係,儘管他悲觀地看待藝術的未來,然而他卻對於藝術家與人的互動抱持著積極的看法。其後,他的文章也一再闡明超越藝術體制的實驗精神,並落實、營造新奇的生活經驗。
Kaprow的寫作風格生動而跳躍,經常在文中穿插許多有趣的藝術案例,而與他的論述相輔相成。細讀他的著作,將更深刻地理解他的寫作並不僅是對於藝術世界的抱怨或不信任,相反的,正是透過深刻地了解藝術機制的狀況,而獲得悠遊於藝術界線的自由。
 

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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