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Body Art and Performance: The Body as Language [Paperback]

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When The Body as Language ("Body-art" and Performance) appeared in 1974, it was immediately a huge publishing hit, reviewed by some of the most influential art historians and writers (Giulio C. Argan, Edoardo Sanguineti, Max Kozloff, Lucy Lippard, Franois Pluchart, Peter Gorsen, Evelyn Weiss and many others). A direct testimony of the birth and development of one of the most controversial art trends, Lea Vergine's book avails of a series of texts by the artists themselves, whom the author had asked to contribute with a statement about the illustrations of their work. Featuring a thorough documentation of original photographs and film photograms, videotapes, happenings, actions and performances, the book analyses the evolution of this phenomenon through the works of sixty artists, including Gina Pane, Gilbert & George, Urs Lthi and Katharina Sieverding, Rebecca Horn, Trisha Brown, Gnter Brus and many others who have worked with and on the body.

In an absolutely unusual publishing event, nearly thirty years after the first edition, the text--by now a classic--is republished with all the original photographic material. The volume is enhanced and brought up-to-date by an afterword by Lea Vergine, who observes the changes of Body Art throughout the nineties: Orlan, Stelarc, Ron Athey, Franko B., Yasumasa Morimura, Jana Sterbak, Matthew Barney are "virtuosos of disorder and hungry for afflictions of any and every kind, mystics--like persons who display the subjection of their bodies to cruel and invasive devices, or who revel in virtual fantasies of such self-inflicted pains--destroy themselves in order newly to find themselves. . . . They finally pay a visit to the world of the saints and victims, exploring and prolonging its seductions."

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Skira
Pages   192
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 6" Height: 8.5"
Weight:   1.62 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 2000
Publisher   Skira
ISBN  8881186535  
ISBN13  9788881186532  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Lea Vergine is an art critic and author who has written extensively on contemporary art movements. Her books include "Art on the Cutting Edge," "Body Art and Performance," and "Schegge,"

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great introduction to body art, aktion, and radical performance  Dec 30, 2005

thanks to the brit below for overstating the obvious. this book isnt about tattoos. but it most certainly isnt about modern dance. this book contains insightful commentary into the world of post ww2 radical performance art and an amazing collection of photos of stand out artists. the aktionists are shown, as are their american counterparts, and several more obscure artists. the update at the end also features some great performers of the present.

very worthwhile, very informative introduction the challenging, taboo smashing world of body art.
Severe Disappointment  Jan 11, 2001
I found this book on a search for books on tattoos. I bought this, thinking it would be very good but, of course, it has nothing to do with tattoos - it's about contemporary dance.

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