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Performing for the Camera

by Simon Baker et al

by Simon Baker and Fiontán Moran

Performing for the Camera
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item code: 17239

Serious performance art, portraiture, or simply just posing. What does it mean to perform for the camera?

Photography has been used to capture performances since its invention – from the stars of the Victorian stage to the art happenings of the 1960s, and today’s trend for selfies.

This lavishly illustrated publication offers an essential survey of the unique relationship between photography and performance, engaging with serious, provocative and sensational subjects, as well as humour, improvisation and irony. It shows how photographs have captured performances by important artists including Yves Klein and Yayoi Kusama, as well as highlighting ground- breaking collaborations between photographers, performers and dancers. Exploring how artists such as Francesca Woodman and Erwin Wurm have used photography as a stage on which to perform, it also reveals how figures from Cindy Sherman and Hannah Wilke to Marcel Duchamp and Samuel Fosso have utilised the camera to consider questions of identity.

From marketing and self-promotion to the investigation of gender and self-portraiture, Performing for the Camera brings together over 300 images by more than sixty international artists. Vintage prints, large-scale works and series, marketing posters and instagram images all contribute to a wide-ranging exploration of how performance artists use photography and how photography can itself be a form of performance.

  • Author Simon Baker and Fiontán Moran
  • Pages 240pp
  • Number of illustrations 300
  • Dimensions 26.5 x 21.5 cm
  • Paperback yes
  • Exhibition Performing for the Camera
  • Publisher Tate publishing
  • ISBN No. 9781849764001
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