Performance art has become one of the most recognized forms of creative expression of the 21st century. A new Thames & Hudson book, Performance Now, argues that this kind of art is “an increasingly essential vehicle for communicating ideas around the world in the new millennium.”
Compiled by RoseLee Goldberg (@roseleegoldberg), one of the best-known curators of contemporary art, the book offers a comprehensive study of the most innovative performance artists who live and work today. Among them: Marina Abramović, Cuban artist Tania Bruguera or film directors Matthew Barney and Omer Fast.
With the proliferation of film and social media, this form of expression is no longer just a live art form, but something that can be transmitted across continental borders. Goldberg’s book is dedicated to a number of Middle Eastern artists, including Yael Bartana, Sigalit Landau and Lida Abdul, whose work uses this way of expression to create an imaginative space that faces the traumas of separation and war.
Through an extensive compendium of images and analysis, Performance Now defends the radical potential of live art. Performance Now is celebrated not only as a form of visual art but as a “global language”.
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