Allan kaprow essays on the blurring

Not all the roads of this modern art lead to ideas of finality. Not satisfied with the suggestion through paint of our other senses, we shall utilize the specific substances of sight, sound, movements, people, odors, touch.

Pix left on the spot. With the huge canvas placed upon the floor, thus making it difficult for the artist to see the whole or any extended section of "parts," Pollock could truthfully say that he was "in" his work.

Reversing the above procedure, the painting is continued out into the room.

What we felt then was genuine enough, but our tribute, if it was that at all, was a limited one. These "Happenings" represent what we now call New Media Art. Pollock, as I see him, left us at the point where we must become preoccupied with and even dazzled by the space and objects of our everyday life, either our bodies, clothes, rooms, or, if need be, the vastness of Forty-second Street.

The crudeness of Jackson Pollock is not, therefore, uncouth; it is manifestly frank and uncultivated, unsullied by training, trade secrets, finesse—a directness that the European artists he liked hoped for and partially succeeded in but that he never had to strive after because he had it by nature.

And, more than the others associated with the Surrealists, such real talents as Picasso, Klee, and Miro belong to the stricter discipline of Cubism; perhaps this is why their work appears to us, paradoxically, more free.

Not only will these bold creators show us, as it lor the first time, the world we have always had about us but ignored, but they will disclose entirely unheard-of happenings and events, found in garbage cans, police files, hotel lobbies; seen in store windows and on the streets; and sensed in dreams and horrible accidents.

I choose to consider the second element the important one. He points out that their presentations in lofts, stores, and basements widens the concept of theater by destroying the barrier between audience and play and "demonstrating the organic connection between art and its environment.

Either it had become dull and repetitious as the "advanced" style, or large numbers of formerly committed contemporary painters were defecting to earlier forms.

His heroic stand had been futile. To follow it, it is necessary to get rid of the usual idea of "Form," i. They will discover out of ordinary things the meaning of ordinariness. The space of these creations is not clearly palpable as such. Bread was stuffed between the logs. We can become entangled in the web to some extent and by moving in and out of the skein of lines and splash-ings can experience a kind of spatial extension.

This by itself would be enough to teach us something. Though evidence points to a slackening of the attack as Pollock came to the edges of many of his canvases, in the best ones he compensated for this by tacking much of the painted surface around the back of his stretchers.

This instability is indeed far from the idea of a "complete" painting. It has been seen how Pollock came pretty close to doing so himself. Pollock, interrupting his work, would judge his "acts" very shrewdly and carefully for long periods before going into another "act. And if we object to the difficulty of complete comprehension, we are asking too little of the art.

Young artists of today need no longer say, "I am a painter" or "a poet" or "a dancer. We were a piece of him: The innovations are accepted.

Essays on the Blurring of Art and Life. Hardly automatic, at that. Was it not perfectly clear that modern art in general was slipping?

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In the last seventy-five years the random play of the hand upon the canvas or paper has become increasingly important. We saw in his example the possibility of an astounding freshness, a sort of ecstatic blindness. And this leads me to my final point: One such work, titled Eighteen Happenings in Six Parts, involved an audience moving together to experience elements such as a band playing toy instruments, a woman squeezing an orange, and painters painting.

I hazard the guess that Pollock may have vaguely sensed this but was unable, because of illness or for other reasons, to do anything about it.

If the end had to come, it came at the wrong time. This discovery has led to remarks that his art gives the impression of going on forever—a true insight that suggests how Pollock ignored the confines of the rectangular field in favor of a continuum going in all directions simultaneously, beyond the literal dimensions of any work.

But even so, this space is an allusion far more vague than even the few inches of space-reading a Cubist work affords.Allan Kaprow was a pivotal figure in the shifting art world of the s; his "happenings," a form of spontaneous, Essays on the Blurring of Art and Life by Allan Kaprow.

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Allan Kaprow (August 23, – April 5, ) Kaprow's Essays on the Blurring of Art and Life (), a collection of pieces written over four decades, has made his theories about the practice of art in the present day available to a new generation of artists and critics.

Essays on the Blurring of Art and Life

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