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The Concrete Body : Yvonne Rainer, Carolee Schneemann, Vito Acconci

Author: Elise Archias
Publisher: New Haven ; London : Yale Univ. Press, 2016.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Offering an incisive rejoinder to traditional histories of modernism and postmodernism, this original book examines the 1960s performance work of three New York artists who adapted modernist approaches to form for the medium of the human body. Finding parallels between the tactility of a drip of paint and a body's reflexive movements, Elise Archias argues convincingly that Yvonne Rainer (b. 1934), Carolee Schneemann  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Named Person: Yvonne Rainer; Carolee Schneemann; Vito Acconci; Yvonne 1934- / Criticism and interpretation Rainer; Carolee 1939- / Criticism and interpretation Schneemann; Vito 1940- / Criticism and interpretation Acconci; Vito Acconci; Yvonne Rainer; Carolee Schneemann; Yvonne Rainer; Carolee Schneemann; Vito Acconci
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Elise Archias
ISBN: 9780300217971 0300217978 9780300220438 030022043X
OCLC Number: 971366551
Description: IX, 224 Seiten : Illustrationen
Responsibility: Elise Archias.

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Offering an incisive rejoinder to traditional histories of modernism and postmodernism, this original book examines the 1960s performance work of three New York artists who adapted modernist approaches to form for the medium of the human body. Finding parallels between the tactility of a drip of paint and a body's reflexive movements, Elise Archias argues convincingly that Yvonne Rainer (b. 1934), Carolee Schneemann (b. 1939), and Vito Acconci (b. 1940) forged a dialogue between modernist aesthetics and their own artistic community's embrace of all things ordinary through work that explored the abstraction born of the body's materiality. Rainer's task-like dances, Schneemann's sensuous appropriations of popular entertainment, and Acconci's behaviorist-inflected tests highlight the body's unintended movements as vital reminders of embodied struggle amid the constraining structures in contemporary culture. Archias also draws compelling comparisons between embodiment as performed in the work of these three artists and in the sit-ins and other nonviolent protests of the era.

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"Deeply resonant . . . meaningful . . . incisive . . . compelling and persuasive . . . With The Concrete Body, Archias illuminates the art of Rainer, Schneemann, and Acconci in bold new terms."-Emily Read more...

 
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