and Body Art. Term used of
certain art manifestations of the late 1960s, making use of the body, or
direct reference to it, also involving actions by its exponents on their
own bodies, or public performances calculated to shock or bore and so
prompt consideration of the tedium and violence of life. Instances include
patterned sun-burning, the taking of casts of limbs, e.g.
Bruce Nauman's From
Hand to Mouth (1967), a 12-hour lecture by
Beuys Joseph, self-mutilation,
and shocking or obscene exhibitionism.
How to Explain Paintings to a Dead Hare Photo from Performance on Nov. 26
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