Performing the Body/Performing the Text

1st Edition

Amelia Jones, Andrew Stephenson Nfa, Andrew Stephenson

Routledge
Published May 20, 1999
Reference - 320 Pages
ISBN 9780415190602 - CAT# RU18309

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Summary

This book explores the new performativity in art theory and practice, examining ways of rethinking interpretive processes in visual culture. Since the 1960s, visual art practices - from body art to minimalism - have taken contemporary art outside the museum and gallery; by embracing theatricality and performance and exploding the boundaries set by traditional art criticism. The contributors argue that interpretation needs to be recognised as much more dynamic and contingent. Offering its own performance script, and embracing both canonical fine artists such as Manet, De Kooning and Jasper Johns, and performance artists such as Vito Acconci and Gunter Brus, this book offers radical re-readings of art works and points confidently towards new models for understanding art.

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