Action Art

A Bibliography of Artists' Performance from Futurism to Fluxus and Beyond

by John Gray


Some 3600 print and media sources document avant-garde artists' performance from 1909 to 1975, with emphasis on 115 individual artists and groups.

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May 1993


Pages 360
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Popular Culture/Media, Television, and Radio
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This comprehensive international bibliography is the first to attempt documentation of this diverse field, covering the history of Artist's Performance. It focuses on its early twentieth-century antecedents in such movements as Futurism, Dada, Russian Constructivism, and the Bauhaus as well as its peak period in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s with such developments as Gutai, Fluxus, Viennese Actionism, Situationism, and Guerrilla Art Action. Major emphasis is also given to sources on 115 individual performance artists and groups. More than 3700 entries document print and media materials dating from 1914 to 1992. Organized for maximum accessibility, the sources are also extensively cross-referenced and are indexed by artist, subject, title, and author. Three appendices identify reference works, libraries, and archives, and addenda material not found in the book text, and two others list artists by country and by group or collective.

Table of Contents

IntroductionAction Art 1909-1952: The Antecedents: Futurism, Dada, Cubism, Russian Performance, the Bauhaus and Black Mountain CollegeAction Art 1950s-1970s: Gutai, Happenings, Fluxus, Viennese Actionism, Destruction in Art, the Provos, Situationism and BeyondGeneral WorksCountry StudiesBiographical and Critical StudiesAppendixes: Reference WorksLibraries and ArchivesAddendaList of Artists/Artists Groups by CountryList of Artists Groups and CollectivesArtist IndexSubject IndexTitle IndexAuthor Index



The author presents a well-organized and comprehensive bibliography (the first) of materials dealing with avant-garde performance art in painting, sculpture, theater, and dance. . . . Recommonded for any library or person interested in modern art forms.—Choice

This important addition to any major library. Scholars and researchers now have a wedge by which to do significant research.—Umbrella

. . .the most comprehensive, up-to-date compilation of diverse sources published between 1914 and 1992, documenting the evolution and impact of an innovative intermedia avant-garde art movement-live performace art. Action Art is a welcome and obligatory addition to any major reference collection, particularly those of academic and major public libraries.—RQ Spring 1994

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