Synopses & Reviews
RoseLee Goldberg's study, first published in 1979, has been brought completely up to date in a new volume that provides a critical analysis of the technological, political, and aesthetic shifts that marked the end of the twentieth century and are propelling us into the twenty-first. Her lucid text and original documentation trace developments in performance history that reflect the collapse of the art market of the late eighties, the impact of multiculturalism on intellectual history, the sociological revisions of the gender wars, the remapping of Eastern Europe after the fall of communism, and the global reach of the Internet.
From Korea to Japan, Israel, Turkey, and South Africa, this new history takes into account the rituals and politics of nations, showing at the same time the connections between them that have been brought about by widespread use of technology. Russian and Croatian performance art, photographers and video artists who use performance as the basis for their work, and the ongoing use of performance as a tool for social unrest are examined.
The work of some of today's most highly visible artists, including Mariko Mori, Shirin Neshat, Paul McCarthy, Cindy Sherman, Jon Bock, Karen Finley, Isaac Julian, Matthew Barney, and Steve McQueen, can now be appreciated in the historical context of innovators such as Laurie Anderson, Robert Wilson, Marina Abramovic, Gilbert and George, Piero Manzoni, John Cage, and artists from the first half of the century -- Italian and Russian Futurists, the Dadaists, and the work of the Bauhaus Performance Workshop.
This updated edition is supplemented by a definitive account of the current technological, political and aesthetic shifts in performance art that mark its transition to the 21st century. New artists are shown in the context of previous innovators, from the Dadaists to Laurie Anderson.
"RoseLee Goldberg has charted new territory ' a continuousdevelopment of enormous consequence to the most adventuroustwentieth-century art."--Robert Rosenblum
Performance art is now at the forefront of contemporary art world-wide and the desire for direct engagement with today's most prominent artists explains its wide appeal to the expanding audience for new art. Artists such as Mariko Mori, Paul McCarthy, Matthew Barney and Forced Entertainment can now be seen in the context of previous innovators, from the Dadaists to Laurie Anderson.
First published in 1979, now extensively updated and expanded, this pioneering book has been supplemented by the definitive account of the current technological, political and aesthetic shifts in performance art.
"A clear and accurate history of . . . a continuous development of enormous consequence to the most adventurous twentieth-century art."--Robert Rosenblum
About the Author
RoseLee Goldberg is an art historian, curator, critic and leading authority on performance art. Among her other books are Laurie Anderson, Performance Art: From Futurism to the Present, and Performance: Live Art Since the 60s.