Viennese Actionism, 1960-1965 & From Action Painting to Actionism, Vienna 1960-1971 [2 Volumes - Softcover]
Signed and inscribed by Gunter Brus on title page of volume 2.
Two volumes. Essays in German and English. Heavily illustrated. Museum Fridericianum, Kassel, Kunstmuseum Winterthur und Scottish National Gallery of Modem Art, Edinburgh (Hrsg .) Gunter Brus, Adolf Frohner, Otto MÌ_hl, Hermann Nitsch, Alfons Schilling Rudolf Schwarzkogler.åÊ Viennese Actionism was a short and violent movement in 20th-century art. It can be regarded as part of the many independent efforts of the 1960s to develop "action art" (Fluxus, happening, performance art, body art, etc.). Its main participants were GÌ_nter Brus, Otto MÌ_hl, Hermann Nitsch, and Rudolf Schwarzkogler. As "actionists", they were active between 1960 and 1971. Most have continued their artistic work independently from the early 1970s onwards.
Documentation of the work of these four artists suggests that there was no consciously developed sense of a movement or any cultivation of membership status in an "actionist" group. Rather, this name was one applied to various collaborative configurations among these four artists. Malcolm Green has quoted Hermann Nitsch's comment, "Vienna Actionism never was a group. A number of artists reacted to particular situations that they all encountered, within a particular time period, and with similar means and results."
Condition: Interior pages are in excellent fine condition. The covers are very good with minor rubbing. Volume 2 has a fold in the top right corner of the cover.
Publisher: Ritter Verlag, 1988
Dimensions: 9 1/2 x 7 3/8 x 3 1/2 inches overall
367 & 392 pages