[NetBehaviour] ABRAMOVIC AT THE GUGGENHEIM
marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Wed Dec 7 15:02:22 CET 2005
ABRAMOVIC AT THE GUGGENHEIM
Notes on Performance Art BY John Perreault.
"In the '50s and '60s it was enough to dismiss events, Happenings,
performances as theater rather than art. Certain formalists thought art
should be pure: pure paint, for instance. No poetry, no confusing
illusions or extra dimensions, no theater. And certainly no politics. It
was a puritanical trope, as if there were no theater in a Pollock drip
painting or a de Kooning parkway, no poetry in a Motherwell elegy.
Marina Abramovic's "Seven Easy Pieces" comprised seven performances
staged at the Guggenheim (November 9-15), in evenings that went a long
way toward the redemptive. With the exception of Matthew Barney's 2003
extravaganza (the films were better than the props), the Guggenheim has
not exactly been pushing the envelope. We think of it more or less as a
giant rental space for would-be crowd-pleasers. But now there's hope."
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