[NetBehaviour] ABRAMOVIC AT THE GUGGENHEIM

marc 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."

http://www.artsjournal.com/artopia/archives20051101.shtml#103974



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