Synopses & Reviews
Sayre defines for the first time the apparently diffuse avant-garde art of the past two decades in terms of its distinctly postmodern concerns. The range of arts discussed here encompasses contemporary dance, photography, oral poetics, performance art, and earthworks.
"Sayre has written one of the most intelligent, sensible, and readable accounts of the tenents of Postmodern artmaking published to date."and#8212;Jeff Abell, New Art Examiner
"No one can read The Object of Performance without gaining a far better idea than before of what has happened to art, and, in some measure, why. . . . I find this book consistently illuminating."and#8212;Arthur C. Danto
List of IllustrationsPrefaceIntroduction: The Object of Performance1. The Rhetoric of the PosePhotography and the Portrait as Performance2. A New Person(a)Feminism and the Art of the Seventies3. Tracing DanceCollaboration and the New Gesamtkunstwerk4. Three PerformancesLaurie Anderson, Eleanor Antin, and Carolee Schneemann5. "So Much to Tell"Narrative and the Poetics of the Vernacular6. Open SpaceLandscape and the Postmodern Sublime7. Critical PerformanceThe Example of Roland BarthesEpilogueNotesIndex
Looks at the development of American avant-garde art, including performance art, environmental art, conceptual art, video, and photo-realism.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
Introduction: The Object of Performance
1. The Rhetoric of the Pose
Photography and the Portrait as Performance
2. A New Person(a)
Feminism and the Art of the Seventies
3. Tracing Dance
Collaboration and the New Gesamtkunstwerk
4. Three Performances
Laurie Anderson, Eleanor Antin, and Carolee Schneemann
5. "So Much to Tell"
Narrative and the Poetics of the Vernacular
6. Open Space
Landscape and the Postmodern Sublime
7. Critical Performance
The Example of Roland Barthes