A good friend in France brought to my attention recently a few performance artists I’d never heard of and I wanted to remedy this serious oversight on my part. I’m afraid that for many years I’ve neglected avant-garde developments that were happening all around me, stupidly occupying my time with the dead art form of oil on canvas.
I’ll leave it to my 13 or 14 readers out there to inform me of any great performance artists that I might still be overlooking.
First, let’s take a look at this galvanizing performance by Lisa Suckdog on 7-7-92 in “Philly”:
I’m not sure if this next one is performance art (shows how out of it I am)… But just to make sure I cover the bases the enormously talented Peaches in “Fuck the Pain Away.” (word up to the lovelorn.)
Can’t believe I missed this next one… Not sure who this Jay Z guy is. Clearly a major talent… He’s got a firm grasp on what art is. That’s for certain, as we can note that he’s teamed up with the greatest performance artist of all time.
The collective talent assembled in that room? Meteoric… Who says white people don’t have soul? Note the level of sincerity and enlightened consciousness on the assembled faces (two central features of all great art).
Next: “A Woman for Sale”… This one starts out a bit slow but hang in there… challenging art takes time to absorb and appreciate fully.
fuck… there’s so much of this performance stuff on you tube…. Perhaps I’ll throw in this overview of the current state of flat art to give some of the context in which the performance art manifests itself:
I hope that my readers aren’t fast forwarding or skipping any of this stuff. The only way you’re going to have a TRUE ART experience is to view the art carefully… and appreciate it … slowly! The way it was meant to be looked at!
A couple more performance pieces…. Outside of Jay Z where are all the male performance artists?
This next video isn’t performance art… but I think what we’ve got here is a lot of untapped potential that the art world could use! And this does seem to be where all the potential male performance artists are hanging out!
OK… I’ve saved the best for last… Hold on to your seatbelts! These are 7 (count them) 7… Performance Art Videos That Will Blow Your Mind!
Sorry that the cutting edge analysis is a little fast. You might want to play through this one a couple times absorbing what the hosts are telling you… Valuable insights that will get you oriented for your Mindblowing trips into Art Nirvana!
I’m glad they threw in some of the groundbreaking work of artists like Yoko Ono, which at the time was only appreciated by a very select group of deep thinkers… known to those in the know as the deep art cognoscenti. Super tastes. Super intellects. Super bundles of cash.
We have these people to thank that Yoko and others like her were able to lay down the challenge to this younger generation of artists who are really giving her a run for her money (thanks to the cognoscenti’s money).
When Jackson Pollock surpassed the Renaissance artists by discovering deep energy cosmic space (that Clement Greenberg helpfully pointed out was really flatness) who could have predicted it was just the beginning of where American Art would eventually end up? And is this the end!??!?! Not by a long shot. Sure this is Real art for Real people and love and the body… art and the body and the limits of the body being transcended by the experience of the real body in space with other real bodies!!!! Self-expression and awareness all combined in supercool dance moves!
Where can art go from here you might ask?
I can’t say for sure, but having my finger on the pulse of the cognoscenti I wouldn’t be surprised if before too long they’ll figure out a way to put the entire Burning Man festival into the Museum of Modern Art! Curator Dudes at MoMA!!! Take note!!! Beyond Super Coolness! Beyond Thunderdome!