Childsplay: The Art of Allan Kaprow / Edition 1

Childsplay: The Art of Allan Kaprow / Edition 1

by Jeff Kelley
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520253884

ISBN-13: 9780520253889

Pub. Date: 11/19/2007

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. As this book reminds us, however, he has also 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,…  See more details below

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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. As this book reminds us, however, he has also 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:
9780520253889
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
11/19/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
274
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword: Allan At WorkXI
Introduction: Sweeping the Stage1
1John dewey and the ranch5
2A prelude13
Schoolboy Puttering
Tape Score
Beauty Parlor
Communication
George Segal's Farm
3Eighteen happenings in six parts29
4Happenings in the new york scene43
The Big Laugh
Coca Cola, Shirley Cannonball?
Childsplay
The Apple Shrine
A Spring Happening
Yard
A Service for the Dead
Sweeping
5Hoopla69
Words
Chicken
Courtyard
Push and Pull
6On the road87
Tree
Out
Birds
Paper
Household
Calling
Self-Service
7Passing through113
Gas
Pollockland
Fluids
Runner
Transfer
Round Trip
Record II
Arrivals
8The education of the un-artist, I139
Course
Project Other Ways
Calarts
Publicity
Feminism
9The education of the un-artist, II157
Tracts
Sweet Wall
Scales
Easy
Baggage
Burbank
Meteorology
10The education of the un-artist, III179
Highs
Basic Thermal Units
Time Pieces
3rd Routine
Rates of Exchange
Useful Fictions
11Zen199
Team
Koans
European Tour Suite
Company
12Storytelling209
Tail Wagging Dog
Clean Graffiti
Putting on Your Face
Walking Light on the World
Building Muscles
Another Spit Piece
Trading Dirt
13Rehearsals217
Precedings
Seven Environments
Workshops
A Total Act
Epilogue228
Acknowledgments229
Notes231
List of Illustrations239
Index243

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