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This ultimate sacrificial aspect of being an artist, while not a new idea, seemed in Pollock terribly modern, and in him the legac and the ritual were so grand, so authoritative and all-encompassing in their scale and daring that, whatever our private convictions, we could not fail to be affected by their spirit.

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At any rate, for now we may consider that, except for rare instances, Western art tends to need many more indirections in achieving itself, placing more or less equal emphasis upon “things” and the relations between them.

We do not enter a painting of Pollock’s in any one place or hundred places. The painterly aspects of his contemporaries, such as Motherwell, Hofmann, de Kooning, Rothko, and even Still, point up at one moment a deficiency in him and at another moment a liberating feature.

Inspired by the dynamism of Jackson Pollock, Kaprow expounded the theory that art would become increasingly associated with “physical events” as opposed to the production of an object; and his “happenings” were shaped by audience participation, body movements, recorded sounds, spoken texts and even smells. He published more than articles and produced several books and films about his work.

It is possible to see in this connection how Pollock is the terminal result of a gradual trend that moved from the deep space of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries to the building out from the canvas of the Cubist collages. This installation, which consisted of two furnished rooms that could be rearranged by visitors, inspired a number of older women attending the show to indulge in some housework.


Yet the distance between the relatively self-contained works of the Europeans and the seemingly chaotic, sprawling works of the American indicates at best a tenuous connection leggacy “paintings.

What we have, then, is art that tends to lose itself out of bounds, tends to fill our world with itself, art that in meaning, looks, impulse seems to break fairly sharply with the traditions of painters back to at least the Greeks. After the term “happening” became almost universal, Kaprow stopped creating his large public events, choosing instead to arrange “activities”, more intimate artistic experiments involving people breathing into each other’s mouths, sweeping the street or going shopping.

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Kazuo Shiraga painted with his feet, suspended by ropes above the canvas, Shozo Shimamoto tue paint-filled glass bottles at his paintings, and Niki de Saint Phalle fired a rifle at her panels that she had prepared with balloons of paint under layers of plaster. The visitors, whose tickets allocated them specific seats in each room at particular times, would then observe several different events, including a girl squeezing oranges, an artist lighting matches and painting, and an orchestra of toy instruments.

And for this reason any allusions to Pollock’s being the maker of giant textures are completely incorrect. To “die at the top” for being his kind of modern artist was to many, I think, implicit in the work before he died.

Under Hoffman’s tutelage Kaprow began to llegacy an expressive style of action painting, based on real landscapes and figures, which was to be a precursor to his “happenings”.

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Jjackson 01 January Occasionally Kaprow himself would be the only participant and audience member, for example during the s when he created a piece in which he if down details of his daily tooth-brushing. Yet we must not confuse the effect of these with that of the hundreds of large paintings done in the Renaissance, which glorified an idealized everyday world familiar to the observer, often continuing the actual room into the painting by means of trompe l’oeil.

Young artists of today need no longer say, “I am a painter” or “a poet” or “a dancer.

This was his conscious artistry at work, and it makes him a part of the traditional community of painters. In the present case the “picture” has moved so far out that the canvas is no longer a reference point. Proud and mercurial Dutch football star who developed a fast-moving and fluid style of play. It may be that our need to identify with the process, the making of the whole affair, prevents a concentration on the specifics of before and behind so important in a more traditional art. If the end had to come, it came at the wrong time.


The first “happening”, however, is generally attributed to Kaprow, who in staged 18 Happenings in 6 Parts, at the Reuben Gallery in New York. This instability is indeed far from the idea of a “complete” painting. But now it was our time, and a man some of us knew. Pollock, interrupting his work, would judge his “acts” very shrewdly and carefully for long periods before going into another “act. They will not try to make them extraordinary but will only state their real meaning.

Pollock’s choice of enormous canvases served many purposes, chief of which for our discussion is that his mural-scale paintings ceased to become paintings and became environments. I choose to consider the second element the important one. But it did not seem that Pollock had indeed accomplished something, both by his attitude and by his very real gifts, that went beyond even those values recognized and acknowledged by sensitive artists and critics.

Photograph by Hans Namuth. He was, for me, amazingly childlike, capable of becoming involved in the stuff of his art as a group of concrete facts seen for the first time.

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It was surely a manifestly human reaction on the part of those of us who were devoted to the most advanced artists around us and who felt the shock of being thrown out on our own. Janine Antoni, Loving Care, Performance.

But out lgeacy nothing they will devise the extraordinary and then maybe nothingness as well. In Cage had put on an event in which art, poetry, piano recital and dance were all performed simultaneously amidst an audience rather than on stage.

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