With texts by Guy Brett, Hubert Klocker, Shinichiro Osaki,
Paul Schimmel and Kristine Stiles
Performance had become a global phenomenon towards the end of the 20th century, its close connection with theater, photography, music, dance, politics and popular culture contributing to its growing influence.
Campos de acción is a book in three volumes that highlights the relationship between action, object, destruction, performance and the creative process.
It contains work by over one hundred artists from the United States, South America, Europe and Japan such as Joseph Beuys, Chris Burden, Lygia Clark, Yves Klein, John Cage, Gustav Metzger, Bruce Nauman, Hélio Oiticica, Claes Oldenburg, Yoko Ono, Robert Rauschenberg, Niki de Saint Phalle, Carolee Schneemann, Atsuko Tanaka, Jean Tinguely and Ben Vautier. Their work, translated into the medium of drawing for this edition, covers sculpture, artist publications, photographs, documentary and video images as well as traces or vestiges of actions and performances.
The book, organized by Paul Schimmel, was originally published to coincide with the show Out of Actions: Between Performance and the Object, 1949-1979, curated by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) in 1998 and contains essays by renowned historians and art critics. The result is an extraordinary compendium of texts and images that still speak to us, after the close of the first decade of the 21st Century.