Childsplay: The Art of Allan Kaprow / Edition 1

Childsplay: The Art of Allan Kaprow / Edition 1

by Jeff Kelley, Allan Kaprow, David Antin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520236718

ISBN-13: 9780520236714

Pub. Date: 12/07/2004

Publisher: University of California Press

Allan Kaprow has been described as an avant-garde revolutionary, a radical sociologist, a Zen(ish) monk, a progressive educator, and an anti-art theorist. But, above all, as this book reminds us, he has been an influential artist. Known for his "Happenings," Kaprow created vanguard performances in the early 1960s in which he collaged various art forms (painting,

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Allan Kaprow has been described as an avant-garde revolutionary, a radical sociologist, a Zen(ish) monk, a progressive educator, and an anti-art theorist. But, above all, as this book reminds us, he has been an influential artist. Known for his "Happenings," Kaprow created vanguard performances in the early 1960s in which he collaged various art forms (painting, music, dance), disguised as ordinary things (newspaper, noise, body movement), into quasi-theatrical events.
In the decades since, his works have remained open to the changing character of contemporary experience, always seeking the thresholds at which art and life converge. Because this art places such emphasis on direct experience, some people today think Kaprow's works were primarily transitory and immaterial. Childsplay corrects that misconception by providing a vivid description of Kaprow's Happenings and other art activities, clarifying their materiality, duration, and setting, as well as the ways in which people participated in them. Jeff Kelley brings the artist, his era, and his work to life by showing that Kaprow's artworks were physically present, socially engaged, and intellectually resonant in the moment of their enactment.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520236714
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
12/07/2004
Pages:
270
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword: Allan at Work—David Antin
Acknowledgments

Introduction

1. John Dewey and the Ranch
2. A Prelude
3. Eighteen Happenings in Six Parts
4. Happenings in the New York Scene
5. Hoopla
6. On the Road
7. Passing Through
8. The Education of the Un-Artist, I
9. The Education of the Un-Artist, II
10. The Education of the Un-Artist, III
11. Zen
12. Storytelling
13. Rehearsals

Notes
List of Illustrations

Index

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