'Twentieth-century art has increasingly seen the artist's body used as both the subject and the object of artists' work. Bound or beaten, naked or painted, still or spasmodic: the body is presented in all possible guises, as the artist quite literally lives his or her art either publicly, in performances, or privately, in video and photography. Expanding and renewing the age-old tradition of self-portraiture, body and performance artists are part of the tradition of artists moving art out of the gallery, into unexpected spaces and media. Breaking down the barriers between art and life, visual experience and sensual experience, these artists well represent the sense of angst and individual disorientation at the close of the twentieth century.

Beginning with such key artists as Marcel Duchamp and Jackson Pollock, this book examines a selection of the most significant players who have used their bodies to create their art - among them, in the 1960s, Carolee Schneemann, Rudolf Schwarzkogler, Yoko Ono; in the 1970s, Chris Burden, Ana Mendieta, Vito Acconci, Marina Abramovic; up to the present, with works by Matthew Barney, Yasumasa Morimura and Mona Hatoum. Survey author Amelia Jones, among the world's leading experts in the field, discusses these performance and body artists against the background of the social history of the times. The Documents section, edited by Tracey Warr, is parallel to the illustrated works of art, and combines texts by critics who shaped the movement, from Lucy R. Lippard to Thomas McEvilley. Alongside these are writings by philosophers and thinkers such as Georges Bataille and Gilles Deleuze who have contributed on a theoretical level to the discussion around the body - a prevalent theme in late twentieth-century cultural theory.' (Front Endpaper of the 2000-printed version)

A collection of documents in the Document section include manifestos, statements, essays and writings by artists and art critics, and interviews.

Artists' and authors' biographies included.

This publication is first published in 2000 in hardcover which is also available in the archive.
Access level

Onsite

author

Amelia JONES

editor

Tracey WARR

Location code REFL.WAT2
Language

English

Keywords

performance artbody

Publication/Creation date

2006

No of pages

304

ISBN / ISSN

9780714847016

No of copies

1

Content type

monograph

Chapter headings
WORKS
Painting Bodies
Gesturing Bodies
Ritualistic and Transgressive
Bodies
Body Boundaries
Performing Identity
Absent bodies
Extended and Prosthetic Bodies
DOCUMENTS
Painting Bodies
Gesturing Bodies
Ritualistic and Transgressive
Bodies
Body Boundaries
Performing Identity
Absent bodies
Extended and Prosthetic Bodies
The Artist's Body
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The Artist's Body