Performance Artists Talking in the Eighties by Linda M. Montano

By Linda M. Montano

Functionality artist Linda Montano, eager about the impact adolescence adventure has on grownup paintings, invited different functionality artists to contemplate how early occasions linked to intercourse, foodstuff, money/fame, or death/ritual resurfaced of their later paintings. the result's an unique and compelling speaking functionality that files the creation of paintings in an enormous and sometimes misunderstood community.
Among the greater than a hundred artists Montano interviewed from 1979 to 1989 have been John Cage, Suzanne Lacy, religion Ringgold, Dick Higgins, Annie Sprinkle, Allan Kaprow, Meredith Monk, Eric Bogosian, Adrian Piper, Karen Finley, and Kim Jones. Her discussions with them interested in the connection among artwork and lifestyles, heritage and reminiscence, the person and society, and the possibility of person and social switch. The interviews spotlight advanced matters in functionality paintings, together with the function of identification in performer-audience relationships and artwork as an exploration of daily conventions instead of an illustration of virtuosity.

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Since  Jones, also known as the Mudman, has done performances in which he covers his seminude body with mud, wears a hoodlike headdress, and carries on his back a huge handmade stick structure. In Rat Piece () Jones burned three rats. The inflamed public response brought Jones to trial, charged with cruelty to animals. 39 In  Jones published all the documentation pertaining to the controversy surrounding this performance as an artist’s book. Rat Piece: February ,  examines the volatile relationship between performer, spectator, and the media, as well as the competing discourses within performance art as a medium for self-reflection and social change.

In these performances she questioned the value of her art and the social function of her art practice: “Was I really working like everyone else? Earning my keep in the world? ”30 Young artists searching for their visions and social validation continue to pose questions similar to Montano’s. In addressing those questions, few artists have been as committed to applauding and sustaining other artists and their work as well as educating the public about the value and social functions of art as Martha Wilson and Allan Kaprow.

Montano, program for performance with screenings of Mitchell’s Death and Chartacters. . Montano, “Art in Everyday Life,” in Art in Everyday Life. . Quoted in Blumenthal, “On Art and Artists: Montano,” . . Linda Montano, “Linda Montano: Art/Life Counseling,” High Performance , no.  (summer ): . . Linda Montano, “Interview,” Satori , no.  (winter ): –. . Montano, “Linda Montano: Art/Life Counseling,” . . Vito Acconci, “Some Notes on Illegality in Art,” Art Journal , no.

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