- The first signs of performance art can be traced back to early Latin-American and Greek civilizations, where religious practitioners displayed dogmatic following through performance and scripture.
- Despite it’s roots, performance art didn’t become popular until the 1960’s.
What Is Performance Art?
- Performance art is an art piece presented to an audience in the form of a performance or display. Usually, critics look for four characteristics when classifying a piece as performance art: 1. Time 2.Space 3. A medium that contains the artist’s presence 4. A relationship/connection between the performer and the audience.
- Performance art is seen as the artist’s answer to theater, in that each performance is unique, organic, and unable to consume. Unlike theater, performance artists include the audience in their pieces, and do not create a fictional setting.
- It is usually merged together with concept art, where the performance is used to convey an idea, rather than just provide entertainment.
The Main Players
- Yves Klein -Klein was a french-born artist who is considered the forerunner in both the performance and pop art movements. His early work, commonly referred to as “Blu” was a monochromatic act that consisted of different items painted the same shade of blue, a shade that would later be patented as “International Klein Blue.”
- Yoko Ono - Ono is a Japanese artist, who performed a number of that utilized her own body as the medium for art. Her most famous work is an act known as “Cut Piece.” Ono has still continued to perform throughout her old age, and has recieved many different awards and accolades for her work.