Essays on blurring art and life

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Essays on the Blurring of Art and Life Expanded Edition

Title Details

Rights: Available worldwide
Pages: 297
ISBN: 9780520240797
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Illustrations: 17 b/w photographs

About the Book

Allan Kaprow’s «happenings» and «environments» were the precursors to contemporary performance art, and his essays are some of the most thoughtful, provocative, and influential of his generation. His sustained inquiry into the paradoxical relationship of art to life and into the nature of meaning itself is brought into focus in this newly expanded collection of his most significant writings. A new preface and two new additional essays published in the 1990s bring this valuable collection up to date.

About the Author

Allan Kaprow is Professor Emeritus of Visual Arts at the University of California, San Diego. Jeff Kelley is a critic and teacher.

Essays on the Blurring of Art and Life

By Allan Kaprow (Editor)

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What can I say about Allan Kaprow? He’s a hero for artists that respect the work of this innovative artist with his involvement in the birth of «happenings» and performance art. Lately I. Read full review

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I must say it is extraordinary in its approach and innovation, and in its resonance with me. As I borrowed it from the library (now, just ordered it from Amazon), I look 8 pages of notes!

The whole concept of «nonart art» and moving beyond the gallery and museum—removing. Read full review

Lou rated it it was amazing

An amazing read — and such a fantastic progression of thought about artlike art and lifelike art and Kaprow’s progression from art back into life, or from artlike art back into life, like art

I want to buy this book and read it again and reference it for any future analysi. Read full review

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Dear Mr A Kaprow,

I’ve finished reading your book and what a great journey it was. Thanks for your ideas, love / hate of art and the urge you had to share it with others. I think I’ll be referring to your text for a long time to come.