Saturday, December 7, 2013

Art Since 1965

Donald Judd, untitled (Stack), Minimalism

Robert Smithson, Spiral Jetty, Earthworks

Joseph Beuys, Explaining Pictures to a Dead Hare, performance art

Eva Hesse, untitled

Louise Bourgeois, Maman

Phillip Guston, Pit

Anselm Kieffer, Innerraum

Lucian Freud, Reflection (Self Portrait)

Chuck Close, Mark

Brice Marden, Cold Spring Mountain 6

Elizabeth Murray, Her Story

Jean Michel Basquiat, untitled (Head)

David Wojnarowicz, "When I Put My Hands On Your Body ..."

Christian Boltanski, Lessons of Darkness, installation

Ilya Kabakov, The Man Who Flew Into Space From His Apartment, installation

Art Since 1965

installation art
performance art

Laurie Anderson

Laurie Anderson is a celebrity performance artist and composer.  Now, she is most famous for being the widow of Lou Reed, but in the late 1970s and into the 1980s, she had a very large and loyal following as a performance artist.
"O Superman" was her big best-selling success.  It remained largely unknown in the USA except to artists and art professionals, but it was number 2 on the charts in the UK and in Europe in 1981.
I watched her perform this piece for an audience of art students in Kansas City in a free concert in 1980.  At the time, it sounded so excitingly new.  Now, 33 years later, it sounds to me somewhat dated.