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Below are biographies and analysis of the work of the artists central to the Performance Art movement. Read more about the movement on the Performance Art Overview page.

Performance Art: 18 of 298 Total Artists
Abramović, Marina Biography, Art & Analysis

Abramović, Marina

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Abramović, Marina Famous Art

Marina Abramović's is one of the key artist in the performance art movement. Her work often involves putting herself in grave danger and performing lengthy, harmful routines that result in her being cut or burnt, or enduring some privation.

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Benglis, Lynda Biography, Art & Analysis

Benglis, Lynda

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Lynda Benglis is an American artist associated with process-based and anti-form art. Best known for her floor-based "spills" and latex sculptures, she adds a critical feminist perspective to post-minimalist work.

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Beuys, Joseph Biography, Art & Analysis

Beuys, Joseph

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Beuys, Joseph Famous Art

Joseph Beuys was a German multi- and mixed-media artist best known for incorporating ideas of humanism, social philosophy and politics into his art. Beuys practiced everything from installation and performance art to traditional painting and "social sculpture." He was continually motivated by the belief of universal human creativity.

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Burden, Chris Biography, Art & Analysis

Burden, Chris

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Burden, Chris Famous Art

American performance artist Chris Burden is most known for his 1970s works that placed him in extreme danger, such as being shot in the arm by an assistant or being crucified on the back of a car.

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Cage, John Biography, Art & Analysis

Cage, John

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Cage, John Famous Art

John Cage was an American composer and conceptual artist who incorporated chance, silence, and environmental effects into his performances. An important art theorist, he influenced choreographers, musicians, and the Fluxus artists of the 1970s.

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De Saint Phalle, Niki Biography, Art & Analysis

De Saint Phalle, Niki

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De Saint Phalle, Niki Famous Art

Niki de Saint Phalle explored the various roles and representations of women in society. Her innovative use of found objects, unconventional materials, natural environments, graphic aesthetics, and assemblage in her art made her a prominent figure of 1960s Nouveau Realisme.

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Dine, Jim Biography, Art & Analysis

Dine, Jim

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Dine, Jim Famous Art

Jim Dine is an American painter commonly associated with the Neo-Dada and Pop art movements. In addition to showing alongside such Pop icons as Warhol, Lichtenstein and Ruscha, Dine is also well known for collaborating with Allan Kaprow, Claes Oldenburg and John Cage on a series of "happenings".

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Kaprow, Allan Biography, Art & Analysis

Kaprow, Allan

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Allan Kaprow was an American painter, collagist, assemblagist and performance artist. Kaprow was best known for trailblazing the artistic concept "happenings," which were experiential artistic events rather than single works of art.

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Klein, Yves Biography, Art & Analysis

Klein, Yves

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Klein, Yves Famous Art

Yves Klein attacked many of the ideas of the art world that underpinned abstract painting, audience participation, and other approaches to making and viewing art. Also, he famously used a single color, the rich shade of ultramarine that he made his own, "International Klein Blue."

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Kusama, Yayoi Biography, Art & Analysis

Kusama, Yayoi

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Yayoi Kusama is a Japanese multimedia artist, best-known for her awe-inspiring and captivating installations of polka dots and psychedelic colors. Through her installations, poetry, paintings, performances, and film she importantly contributed to many of the post-war art movements.

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Mendieta, Ana Biography, Art & Analysis

Mendieta, Ana

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Ana Mendieta was a Cuban-American performance artist who created work in the late twentieth century focusing on violence against the female body, as well as pieces involving a close connection with nature and the landscape.

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Morris, Robert Biography, Art & Analysis

Morris, Robert

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Robert Morris is an American artist whose early L-beam and column sculptures were key works in Minimalism. His work also includes felt and fabric pieces, performance, body art, and earthworks, often with an emphasis on process and theatricality.

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Nauman, Bruce Biography, Art & Analysis

Nauman, Bruce

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Nauman, Bruce Famous Art

Bruce Nauman is a contemporary American artist concerned with language, process, manipulation, and the registers of irony. His work includes performance, video, installation, neon sculpture, and other materials.

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Ono, Yoko Biography, Art & Analysis

Ono, Yoko

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Yoko Ono is a Japanese-American artist, musician, author, and peace activist, known for her work in avant-garde art, music and filmmaking as well as her marriage to the lendary John Lennon. Ono was highly succcesful iin bringing feminism to the forefront of the art world through her performance and conceptual pieces.

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Rosler, Martha Biography, Art & Analysis

Rosler, Martha

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Rosler, Martha Famous Art

Rosler's work with performance, video, and photography has garnered wide attention in the postmodern era for its feminist connotations, addressing body image issues and domesticity. Rosler's work has also explored the imagery of war, from Vietnam to Iraq.

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Schneemann, Carolee Biography, Art & Analysis

Schneemann, Carolee

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Schneemann, Carolee Famous Art

Carolee Schneemann is an American visual artist, known for her discourses on the body, sexuality and gender. Her work is primarily characterized by research into visual traditions, taboos, and the body of the individual in relationship to social bodies. Schneemann's works have been associated with a variety of art classifications including Fluxus, Neo-Dada, the Beat Generation, and happenings.

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Taeuber-Arp, Sophie Biography, Art & Analysis

Taeuber-Arp, Sophie

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Taeuber-Arp, Sophie Famous Art

Sophie Taeuber-Arp was a Swiss artist, painter, sculptor, and dancer who is considered to be one of the most important artists of geometric abstraction of the twentieth century. Arp was married to Jean Arp, the major Dada artist, and the two worked together until her early death.

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Tinguely, Jean Biography, Art & Analysis

Tinguely, Jean

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Tinguely, Jean Famous Art

Jean Tinguely is best known for his sculptural machines, known as metamechanics, that were made in the Dada tradition. His art often satirized the mindless overproduction of material goods in advanced industrial society.

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Performance Art: 18 of 298 Total Artists



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