A Bigger Splash

Painting After Performance



ISBN: 9781849760201 Category:


Taking its title from David Hockney’s iconic 1967 image of a California swimming pool and Jack Hazan’s docu-fiction film about Hockney’s life, A Bigger Splash considers the specific ways performance art has challenged and energized the medium of painting from 1950 to the present day. Moving through more than half a century of key works in painting, video, and photography, this book features examples by artists such as Yves Klein, Jackson Pollock, Niki de Saint Phalle, and Cindy Sherman, along with new work and archival and documentary materials. Three essays, covering the evolution of contemporary practice, the issue of pictorial space in painting with reference to history, and the relationship between the theoretical concept of “performativity” to the issues played out within that high period of “performance art,” offer readers new ways of looking at the web of influence between familiar works.

Additional information

Weight 486 g
Dimensions 18.9 x 24.6 cm
Publisher name Tate Publishing
Publication date 1 February 2013
Number of pages 128
Format Paperback / softback
Contributors Edited by Catherine Wood
Dimensions 18.9 x 24.6 cm
Weight 486 g


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Catherine Wood is curator of contemporary art and performance at Tate Modern. She is editor of The World as a Stage and coeditor of Pop Life: Art in a Material World.