Out of Actions: Between Performance and the Object, 1949-1979 (1998)

2 January 2012, dusan

“The rise of performance art, and its merging with more traditional forms like painting and sculpture, is the great revolution of post-war art. Its links to theater, photography, music, dance, politics, and popular culture have made it especially appealing to contemporary artists in remote areas; more than any other movement in recent art, performance has found a place throughout the world.

Covering three decades of significant and original art, this book features work by more than one hundred artists from the United States, South America, Eastern and Western Europe, and Japan who have had a profound impact on the relationship between visual and performance art in the postwar era. Among the artists included are Joseph Beuys, Chris Burden, John Cage, Lygia Clark, Yves Klein, Marta Minujin, Bruce Nauman, Helio Oiticica, Claes Oldenburg, Yoko Ono, Robert Rauschenberg, Niki de Saint Phalle, Atsuko Tanaka, and Jean Tinguely. Their work encompasses performative objects such as sculpture, artists’ publications, drawings, photographs, and ephemera that come from performances, as well as documentary film and video stills.

Published in conjunction with a major exhibition, organized by The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, curated by Paul Schimmel (08.02.1998–10.05.1998), Out of Actions illuminates the unique relationship between action, destruction, performance, and the creative process. Covering an unprecedented range of material, both nationally and temporally, the book offers the first critical comparisons.”

Edited by Paul Schimmel, Russel Ferguson, Kristine Stiles
Publisher Thames and Hudson, 1998
ISBN 9780500280508
407 pages

Review: Beáta Hock (Artpool, n.d.).

PDF (104 MB, no OCR; updated on 2017-7-10)

3 Responses to “Out of Actions: Between Performance and the Object, 1949-1979 (1998)”

  1. Raul on July 31, 2015 2:18 am

    Please, can you reupload it? Thanks!!! Cheers!

  2. dusan on August 1, 2015 5:46 pm


  3. Raul on August 7, 2015 9:08 am


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