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Marina Abramovic (Contemporary artists series) [Paperback]

Marina Abramovic , Klaus Biesenbach , Chrissie Iles
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4 Nov 2008 Contemporary artists series
Since the beginning of her career in Belgrade during the early 1970s, Marina Abramovic has pioneered the use of performance as a visual art form. The body has always been both her subject and her medium, and she has withstood pain, exhaustion and danger in her ongoing quest for emotional and spiritual transformation. As a vital member of the generation of pioneering performance artists that includes Bruce Nauman, Vito Acconci, and Chris Burden, Abramovic created some of the most historic early performance pieces. Of these artists, she is the only one still making important durational works.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press (4 Nov 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714848026
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714848020
  • Product Dimensions: 28.8 x 25 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 465,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kristine Stiles is Professor of Art and Art History at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, and has contributed to numerous books, including Out of Actions: Between Performance and the Object (1997), Theories and Documents of Contemporary Art: A Sourcebook of Artists’ Writings (1996) and Phaidon’s Paul McCarthy (1995).

Klaus Biesenbach is the Founding Director of Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, and Curator at the Museum of Modern Art and its affiliate, the P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York.

Chrissie Iles is Curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, where she co-curated the 2004 and 2006 Whitney Biennials.


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5.0 out of 5 stars intriguing and incredible! 13 Jan 2009
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This book covers element of Abramovic's work as a performance artist and the in depth interviews and thoughts are inspiring to anyone studying Drama or Art. A strong figure in the performance world, this book allows you an strong overview and a concise look at her works and what has inspired her and shaped her to be the performance artist we see today. recommended to anyone who is interested in the body, performance, art or general boundaries.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fascinating Collection of Examples of the Art of Marina Abramovic 16 Feb 2010
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Yugoslavian artist Marina Abramovic (1946) has simply taken art to another level: while painters and sculptors strive diligently to recreate reality and suggest the emotions of pain and longing, Abramovic succeeds - using her own body and brilliant imagination to make us witness the unwitnessible/unwitnessable. She is the standard bearer for performance art - in many ways being the creator of this medium. In this excellent book There is a very interesting conversation between Klaus Biesenbach and Marina Abramovic that allows the reader (and viewer) many insights as to how the artist selects her subject matter and how she displays it.

Abramovic is known for the painfully self-inflicted traumas she has experienced for the sake of art and episodes from her extended (sometimes for days) performance pieces are included here. Essayists Chrissie Ives and Kristine Stiles help the novice reader to understand the importance of Abramovic's imagination, but the best way to appreciate what the artist does is peruse the generous photographs that document her performances - both of her own body and of the groups of people who willingly participate in her ventures. (For example, there is included a richly colored photograph of rows of Oriental soldiers in full dress except for the quiet exposure of each man's erection!)

For those who are new to the increasingly important aspect of performance art, this book is as fine an introduction as any on the market. One only wishes that it contained a DVD of some of the actual art pieces here frozen in time by the camera. Marina Abramovic is an artist of the highest order and one whose importance in the art world is generally regarded as the finest. Highly recommended. Grady Harp, February 10
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5.0 out of 5 stars This catalog covers the entire history of her performance art pieces 19 July 2009
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Marina Abramovic pioneered performance as a visual art form, exploring her world beginning with her own body. This catalog covers the entire history of her performance art pieces, with full-page color and black and white photos documenting her multi-faceted views and analyzing differences between good art and bad art forms. Any collection strong in modern alternative artist representation must have MARIA ABRAMOVIC.
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