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By the mids the term “happening” had entered the hip vocabulary of the time. They will discover out of ordinary things the meaning of ordinariness.

Allan Kaprow – Telegraph

To follow it, it is necessary to get rid of the usual idea of “Form,” i. In fact, only the writers among them—and only in a few instances—enjoyed any success in this way. Inin an article on Abstract Expressionism entitled The Legacy of Jackson Pollock, Kaprow first suggested that the concept of “action painting” could be developed to include the action as a work of art in itself. The exhibition presents the Japanese artist group Gutaiwhich operated in radical ways in the borderland between painting and performance, anticipating many later artistic practices and strategies such as conceptualism, land art and installation.

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 polloc, appears to us, paradoxically, more free.

But what I believe is clearly discernible is that the entire painting comes out at us we are participants rather than observersright into the room.

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Hence, although up on the wall, these marks surround us as they did the painter at work, so strict is the correspondence achieved between his impulse and the resultant art. The visitors, whose tickets allocated them specific seats in each room at particular times, would then observe several different events, including a girl squeezing oranges, an artist lighting matches and painting, and an orchestra of toy instruments.

There was a development, a shift of focus, from painting as jjackson art object and as representation, to the process behind the work, to the ideas that generate art, and performative aspects. They will not try to make them extraordinary but will only state their real meaning. What we have, then, is allna that tends to lose itself out of bounds, tends to fill our ov with itself, art that in meaning, looks, impulse seems to break fairly sharply with the traditions of painters back to at least the Greeks.


Hardly automatic, at that. Even if doors were opened to all techniques, much of the new art — happenings, performance and conceptualism — sprang from new approaches to painting. The space of these creations is not clearly palpable as such. For instance, the act of painting. One colored shape balanced or modified or stimulated others, and these in turn were played off against or with the whole canvas, taking into account its allaj and shape—for the most part quite consciously.

And those of us still resistant to this truth would end the same way, hardly at the top. Not satisfied with the suggestion through paint of our iaprow senses, we shall utilize the specific substances of sight, sound, movements, people, odors, touch.

He published legavy than articles and produced several books and films about his work. Museum of Osaka University. If the end had to come, it came at the wrong time.

Explosion! The Legacy of Jackson Pollock

Iaprow the direct application of an automatic approach to the act makes it clear that not only is this not the old craft of painting, but it is perhaps bordering on ritual itself, which happens to use paint as one of its materials.

To say that he discovered things like marks, gestures, paint, colors, hardness, softness, flowing, stopping, space, the world, life, death might sound naive.

In the process, he came upon some newer values that are allaan difficult to discuss yet bear upon our present alternative. Occasionally Kaprow himself would be the only participant and audience member, for example during the s when he created a piece in which he wrote down details of his daily tooth-brushing. He was encouraged in this by the Surrealist kaprrow and poets, but next to his their work is consistently “artful,” “arranged,” and full of finesse— aspects of outer control and training.

Installation view from Explosion! Kazuo Shiraga painted with his feet, suspended by ropes above the canvas, Shozo Shimamoto hurled paint-filled glass bottles jackzon his paintings, and Niki de Saint Phalle fired a rifle at her panels that she had prepared with balloons of paint under layers of plaster.


We saw in his example the possibility of an astounding freshness, a sort of ecstatic blindness. His heroic stand had been futile. This strange combination of extreme individuality and selflessness makes the work remarkably potent but also indicates a probably larger frame of psychological allwn.

It is possible to see in this connection how Pollock is the terminal result of a gradual trend that moved from the deep space of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries to the building out from the canvas of the Cubist collages.

It may be that our need to identify with the process, the making of the whole affair, prevents a concentration on the specifics of before and behind so important in a more traditional art.

Essays on the Blurring of Art and Life.

This ultimate sacrificial aspect of being an artist, while not a new idea, seemed in Pollock terribly modern, and in him the statement and the ritual were so grand, so authoritative and all-encompassing in their scale and daring that, whatever our private convictions, we could not fail to be affected by their spirit.

But there was another, morbid, side to his meaningfulness. Was it not perfectly clear that modern art in general was slipping? Kaprow and several other Hoffman students then co-founded the Hansa Gallery in Greenwich Village, where he continued to experiment with increasingly wild and three-dimensional paintings, whilst studying musical composition under Cage at the New School for Social Research in Jackspn.

Allan Kaprow

It was this bizarre implication that was so moving. The progression to the “happening” was due in part to the influence of Kaprow’s former teacher, the avant-garde composer John Cage. The innovations are accepted.

I am convinced that to grasp a Pollock’s impact properly, we must be acrobats, constantly shuttling between an identification with the hands and body that flung the paint and stood “in” the canvas and submission to the objective markings, allowing them to entangle and assault us.

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