Performance Art

From Futurism to the Present


‘RoseLee Goldberg has charted new territory by presenting for the first time a clear and accurate history of a continuous development of enormous consequence to the most adventurous twentieth-century art’ Robert Rosenblum


ISBN: 9780500204047 Category:

RoseLee Goldberg


Performance is now featured in major museums and considered one of the most important artistic forms of the twenty-first century. An astonishing increase in the number of works and venues around the world testifies to performance as the chosen medium for new generations of artists.

This is a timely update to the essential guide.

First published in 1979 and now extensively updated, this pioneering book has been expanded with a definitive account of the technological, political and aesthetic shifts in performance art that mark the early years of the twenty-first century.

A new chapter features over 100 artists from around the world, both established and up-and-coming, including Marina Abramovic, Walid Raad, Francis Alÿs, Pierre Huyghe, Tino Sehgal, Sharon Hayes and Matthew Barney among many others, who can now be seen in the historical context from the Futurists and Dadaists to Yves Klein and Laurie Anderson.

Additional information

Weight 536 g
Dimensions 14.9 x 21.1 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 1 August 2011
Number of pages 256
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 14.9 x 21.1 cm
Weight 536 g


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RoseLee Goldberg is Director of Performa, a multi-disciplinary arts organization for the research, development and presentation of 21st-century visual art performance.Among her other books are Performance: Live Art Since the 60s and Laurie Anderson, both published by Thames & Hudson.