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Marina Abramovic: Student Body [Hardcover]

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Since the beginning of her career in Belgrade during the early 1970s, Marina Abramovic (b. 1946) has pioneered the use of performance as a visual art form. Her body has always been both her subject and her medium, and she has withstood pain, exhaustion, and danger in her ongoing quest for emotional and spiritual transformation. As a vital member of the generation of pioneering performance artists that includes Bruce Nauman, Vito Acconci, and Chris Burden, Abramovic created some of the most historic early performance pieces. Of these artists, she is the only one still making important durational works.

Abramovic features prominently in virtually every survey published on performance art, and her works are held in the permanent collections of many of the world's top museums, including the Muse Nationale d Art Moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris; the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. In November 2005 at New York's Guggenheim Museum, Abramovic staged a landmark weeklong series of performances entitled Seven Easy Pieces. Her twelve-day 'living installation', The House with the Ocean View was on numerous critics' lists as the best exhibition of 2002, and she was awarded the Golden Lion at the 1997 Venice Biennale for her video installation/performance Balkan Baroque.

Abramovic is represented by Sean Kelly, New York; Lia Rumma, Naples; and Guy Bartschi, Geneva.

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Studio: Charta
Pages   528
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.75" Width: 9.75" Height: 11.75"
Weight:   6.92 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Feb 2, 2004
Publisher   Charta
ISBN  8881584492  
ISBN13  9788881584499  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Marina Abramovic pioneered the use of performance as a visual art form. The body has always been both her subject and medium; exploring the physical and mental limits of her being, she has withstood pain, exhaustion and danger in the quest for transformation. Her career began in Belgrade during the early 1970s, and her work has since appeared at The Museum of Modern Art, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center and The New Museum in New York; the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C., the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, and many others. She has won a Bessie, as the New York Dance and Performance Award is called, and the Venice Biennale's Lion D'Or.

Marina Abramovic was born in 1946.

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A Fascinating Collection of Examples of the Art of Marina Abramovic  Feb 16, 2010
Yugoslavian artist Marina Abramovic (1946) has simply taken art to another level: while painters and sculptors strive diligently to recreate reality and suggest the emotions of pain and longing, Abramovic succeeds - using her own body and brilliant imagination to make us witness the unwitnessible/unwitnessable. She is the standard bearer for performance art - in many ways being the creator of this medium. In this excellent book There is a very interesting conversation between Klaus Biesenbach and Marina Abramovic that allows the reader (and viewer) many insights as to how the artist selects her subject matter and how she displays it.

Abramovic is known for the painfully self-inflicted traumas she has experienced for the sake of art and episodes from her extended (sometimes for days) performance pieces are included here. Essayists Chrissie Ives and Kristine Stiles help the novice reader to understand the importance of Abramovic's imagination, but the best way to appreciate what the artist does is peruse the generous photographs that document her performances - both of her own body and of the groups of people who willingly participate in her ventures. (For example, there is included a richly colored photograph of rows of Oriental soldiers in full dress except for the quiet exposure of each man's erection!)

For those who are new to the increasingly important aspect of performance art, this book is as fine an introduction as any on the market. One only wishes that it contained a DVD of some of the actual art pieces here frozen in time by the camera. Marina Abramovic is an artist of the highest order and one whose importance in the art world is generally regarded as the finest. Highly recommended. Grady Harp, February 10
This catalog covers the entire history of her performance art pieces  Jul 19, 2009
Marina Abramovic pioneered performance as a visual art form, exploring her world beginning with her own body. This catalog covers the entire history of her performance art pieces, with full-page color and black and white photos documenting her multi-faceted views and analyzing differences between good art and bad art forms. Any collection strong in modern alternative artist representation must have MARIA ABRAMOVIC.
Brings "Suffering for Art" a Whole New Meaning  Dec 26, 2008
Marina Abramovi is one of the founders of performance art, using her body in a multitude of ways, often painful, dangerous, and naked. Because performance art is often a unique event, happening once, sometimes caught on camera, the many pictures in the book don't quite capture the full impact of her work, but provide a snapshot (pun accepted, but not intended) for the reader. The lengthy interview between Biesenbach and Abramovi provides an interesting look at the motivations and thoughts behind Abramovi's works. While many of the pieces she has done over the years were one-time, "had to be there" events, the New York MoMA will be doing a retrospective of her works in 2010, and, for new readers or for old fans, this book will prepare you for a woman who personifies the saying "suffering for her art."

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