RITE OF PASSAGE: The Early Years of Vienna Actionism 1960-1966

  • Editor: Hubert Klocker
    Texts by Hubert Klocker and Gloria Sutton
  • Language: English
    Hardcover
    280 × 220 mm
    116 pages
  • Snoeck and Hauser & Wirth
  • 978-3-86442-097-9
  • September 2014
  • £26 / $42 / €29.80 / CHF 39.90
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With radical actions and an emphasis on physical body-centered performance,Günter Brus, Hermann Nitsch, Otto Muehl and Rudolf Schwarzkogler played a crucial part in the paradigm shift in art of the 1960s toward a more performative, experiential, and event-like model. From 1960, these Vienna-based artists undertook a process in which the painted image was stretched to its breaking point. This publication deals with this fundamental development in the years from 1960 to 1966 with works of painting and collage, as well as a selection of excellent vintage photographic prints of ‘staged photography’ by the artists.