Performance Artists Talking in the Eighties Linda M. Montano

Published by University of California Press, Berkeley, 2001, 553 pages (b/w ill.), 15.3 × 22.7 cm, English

Price: €36 (Temporarily out of stock)

Performance artist Linda Montano invited other performance artists to consider how early events associated with sex, food, money/fame, or death/ritual resurfaced in their later work. The result is an original and compelling talking performance that documents the production of art in an important and often misunderstood community.

Among the more than 100 artists Montano interviewed from 1979 to 1989 were John Cage, Lorraine O’Grady, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Stuart Sherman, Martha Rosler, Joan Jonas, Faith Ringgold, Dick Higgins, Allan Kaprow, Meredith Monk, Adrian Piper, Carolee Schneemann and Chris Burden. Her discussions with them focused on the relationship between art and life, history and memory, the individual and society, and the potential for individual and social change.

#2001 #adrianpiper #alisonknowles #allankaprow #caroleeschneemann #chrisburden #jacksonmaclow #joanjonas #johncage #lorraineo'grady #martharosler #mierleladermanukeles #performance #stuartsherman
Für Augen und Ohren

Published by Akademie der Künste, Berlin, 1980, 312 pages (b/w ill.), 22 × 22 cm, German

Price: €30

Produced on the occasion of the exhibition, Für Augen und Ohren : von der Spieluhr zum akustischen Environment : Objekte, Installation, Performances in der Akademie der Künste. 20 January – 2 March, 1980.

Including the following artists; Laurie Anderson, Joseph Beuys, George Brecht, KP Brehmer, John Cage, Richard Hamilton, Dick Higgins, Joe Jones, Mauricio Kagel, Allan Kaprow, Milan Knizak, Alison Knowles, Jannis Kounellis, Christina Kubisch, Walter Marchetti, Robert Morris, Bruce Nauman, Nam June Paik, Robert Rauschenberg, Man Ray, Erik Satie, Keith Sonnier, Laurie Spiegel, Takis and others.

#1980 #alisonknowles #allankaprow #brucenauman #dickhiggins #experimental music #georgebrecht #janniskounellis #johncage #josephbeuys #kpbrehmer #laurieanderson #manray #namjunepaik #robertrauschenberg
A BIBLIOGRAPHY Allan Kaprow

Published by Mousse Publishing, Milan & Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln, 2012, 126 pages (colour & b/w ill.), softcover, 23 × 17 cm, English

Price: €75

This bibliography catalogues and illustrates, with a wide selection of images, Allan Kaprow’s entire body of published work: from his first artist’s book in 1962, to his last anthological projects in the 1990s. This lesser-known side of his oeuvre unfolds through 32 books, booklets, and pamphlets produced over a period of 40 years. Kaprow’s work moved along two parallel tracks: Happenings—of which he was an unchallenged pioneer, starting in the 1950s—and “Activity Booklets,” which functioned as a tool to help people understand and experience these performances.

The layout of his books, the originality of their structure, the literary stature of their texts, and their aesthetic quality as objects shifted his exploration of print into a higher realm, where the book became a fully-fledged work of art.

#2012 #allankaprow #moussepublishing #verlagderbuchhandlungwaltherkonig
The Uses of Photography: Art, Politics, and the Reinvention of a Medium

Published by Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and University of California Press, 2016, 240 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 22.5 × 27.3 cm, English

Price: €38 (Temporarily out of stock)

Published on the occasion of the 2017 exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (September 24, 2016-January 2, 2017), The Uses of Photography examines a network of artists who were active in San Diego between the late 1960s and early 1980s and whose experiments with photography opened the medium to a profusion of new strategies and subjects. Working within the framework of conceptual art, these artists introduced urgent social issues and themes of everyday life into that seemingly neutral territory, with photographic works that took on hybrid forms, from books and postcards to video and text-and-image installations. If photography had come to occupy a new, more prominent position in the art world of the late 1960s, largely within the context of conceptual art, much of the medium’s radical potential nonetheless remained latent.

Tracing a crucial history of photoconceptual practice, The Uses of Photography focuses on an artistic community that formed in and around the University of California San Diego, founded in 1960, and its visual arts department, founded in 1967. Artists such as Eleanor Antin, Allan Kaprow, Fred Lonidier, Martha Rosler, Allan Sekula, and Carrie Mae Weems, to name a few, employed photography and its expanded forms as a means to dismantle modernist autonomy, to contest notions of photographic truth, and to engage in political critique. The influence of these artists is felt throughout the global contemporary art world today, yet their common roots in San Diego—a military town far removed from the art world—has rarely been acknowledged. While these artists are celebrated internationally for their individual achievements, this exhibition is the first to explore how their practices emerged at a critical time and place.

#2016 #allankaprow #allansekula #carriemaeweems #eleanorantin #fredlonidier #martharosler