Sunday, January 24, 2010

Allan Kaprow (1927-2006)

"The line between art and life should be kept as fluid, and perhaps as indistinct, as possible." --Kaprow, 1965

Yard: Overhead view, 1961. One of Kaprow's famous Environments, used tires piled in an indoor space for viewers to interact with, crawl through, and climb around.

Fluids, 1967/2008 (reenactment of original). Ice that audience members and performers melted with their hands.

Allan Kaprow was an artist widely known for his involvement in pioneering performance art and his intentions to blur the line between art and life. In the 50's and 60's he began creating "Happenings," where he would write specific instructions for audience members and performers to follow. The experience itself would be the art. Kaprow also was known for "Environments," transformed interior spaces that were site-specific art for viewers to experience.

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