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Performance Art: From Futurism to the Present (World of Art) [Paperback]

RoseLee Goldberg
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5 Sep 2011 World of Art
First published in 1979, the latest edition of this pioneering study in the World of Art series surveys a full century of performance, from the Futurist manifesto of 1909 to the second decade of the new millennium. Art historian and gallery curator Rose Lee Goldberg explains how a medium once used only in sporadic outbreaks of artistic dissent has become, over the course of a century, a vital and integral part of the contemporary mainstream and a global phenomenon.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd; 3 edition (5 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500204047
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500204047
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 15.2 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 194,740 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'RoseLee Goldberg has charted new territory by presenting for the first time a clear and accurate history of... a continuous development of enormous consequence to the most adventurous 20th-century art' - Robert Rosenblum" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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RoseLee Goldberg is an art historian, curator, critic and leading authority on performance art. Among her other books are Laurie Anderson and Performance: Live Art Since the 60s, both published by Thames & Hudson. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Bible for Performance Art 5 Mar 2000
This book was very influencial for me as an undergraduate. It gives a complete history of performance art and is essential reading for any performance artist.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 3 Jan 2013
By gabe
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This book is perfect for everyone who is interested in contemporary theatre and its origins. Especially drama students should use this book perfectly for preparation and repetition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars performance art review 7 Feb 2014
By Andy
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wibble wobble bobble the canvas moves like a breeze through your mind to the page then into mine own actions. thank you
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5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable 14 May 2004
Doing an undergraduate theatre studies degree, I found this book a lifesaver when it came to writing a modernism essay. Especially if you need to know about early 19th century European dramatic movements such as Dada or surrealism. It is written clearly, with some fanastic images... buy this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read! 21 Mar 1998
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Goldberg's is an excellent, well-researched, and interesting text that documents the history of a most misunderstood medium: performance art. Proceeding in a sure-footed way from the early, combative, theatrical efforts of the Italian Futurists, then to Dadaism, then on to the dances of Oskar Schlemmer, to the 1960s "happenings", up until the end of the 1980s...Goldberg covers it all. She gives essential and pertinent cultural information that facilitates the reader's understanding of the "how" and the "why" of performance art. This book is a must-have for art and cultural historians, as well as anyone who wants to broaden their knowledge of the key figures and events relating to art of the modern and postmodern eras.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty old book 31 July 2004
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OK, the book was first printed in 1979 and nothing new has been added since then. I would recommend "Outside the Frame" by Robin Brentano instead or Richard Martel's "Out of Action".

Besiedes, the idea that Leondardo da Vinci made performance art is crap...
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect overview of Performance Art for those new to the field 30 Dec 2013
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While it's impossible to fully catalog a genre of art, this book is a great start, especially for beginners. I use this book in my Performance Art seminar for undergrads, and it is always illuminating for the students.

I think they appreciate the traditional step-by-step chronological approach of the book as they learn about this wildly untraditional genre.
5.0 out of 5 stars I really have fun reading it. 11 Nov 2013
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Well organized, interesting and easy to read even if one hasn't previous experience in the subject. Has a lot of photographs to illustrate the text.
5.0 out of 5 stars An important work and fundamental source 22 Jun 2009
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An important work and fundamental source. One can find a lot of interesting and wide spectrum type information about the performance. This is a very good handbook wchich completely fulfill my expectations.
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