The Object of Performance: The American Avant-Garde since 1970

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Sayre defines for the first time the apparently diffuse avant-garde art of the past two decades in terms of its distinctly postmodern concerns. The range of arts discussed here encompasses contemporary dance, photography, oral poetics, performance art, and earthworks.

"Sayre has written one of the most intelligent, sensible, and readable accounts of the tenents of Postmodern artmaking published to date."—Jeff Abell, New Art Examiner

"No one can read The Object of Performance without gaining a far better idea than before of what has happened to art, and, in some measure, why. . . . I find this book consistently illuminating."—Arthur C. Danto

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Henry M. Sayre defines for the first time the apparently diffuse avant-garde art of the past two decades in terms of its distinctly post- modern concerns. The range of arts discussed here encompasses contemporary dance, photography, oral poetics, performance art, and earthworks.

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The avant-garde movement has raised the hackles of many critics and art lovers, though for others it has wrought a significant change in the object-viewer relationship. Sayre argues that the avant-garde movement has shifted the focus from object to audience through the element of performance and that this shift has opened new and broader relationships between the two. His analysis is intriguing and thorough; it also demonstrates, perhaps unintentionally, the muddled thinking and manipulation that surrounds many avant-garde artists and their works. A good book that says more than a first reading indicates.
- Terry Skeats, Bishop's Univ., Lennoxville, Quebec
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