Rite of Passage: The Early Years of Vienna Acitionism 1960–1966

Rite of Passage: The Early Years of Vienna Acitionism 1960–1966
Library Shelf Location 04.ACTI
Publication Date 2014

Various developments of art in the second half of the last century have been influenced by the performa­t­ive paradigm of a new concept of art that considers painting and sculpture as a directly experiential, event-like and procedural gesture. With radical actions, and emphasis on physical body-centred performance, Günter Brus, Hermann Nitsch, Otto Muehl and Rudolf Schwarzkogler played a crucial part in this paradigm shift of the 1960s. From 1960, these artists undertook a process in which the painted image was stretched to its »breaking point« – in the truest sense of the expression. Representation in the artworks of Vienna Actionists, especially in their actions, was replaced by a vehement devotion to sensual, and directly perceptible values: blood for Nitsch, junk and rubbish for Muehl, white paint sludge and meaning-laden objects for Brus, as well as the deconstruction of the compositionally controlled image for Schwarzkogler. The exhibition at Hauser & Wirth, New York, along with the publication here presented, deal with this fundamental development between 1960 and 1966 with high-quality works of painting and collage, as well as a selection of excellent vintage prints of »staged photography« by the artists.

ISBN 9783864420979
Quantity 1
Pages 116
Authors Hubert Klocker, Gloria Sutton
Format Hardback
Publisher Snoeck
Category Art Styles and Movements
Keywords Viennese Actionism, Actionism
Language English

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