Proposes that performance is not a genre of art separate from object making but rather an attitude that has infiltrated the entire terrain of contemporary art.
Rodenbeck offers a rigorous art historical reading of Kaprow’s project and related artworks. She finds that these experiential and experimental works offered not a happy communalism but a strong and canny critique of contemporary sociality. Happenings, she argues, were far more ambivalent, negative, and even creepy than they have been portrayed, either in contemporaneous accounts or in more recent efforts to connect them to contemporary art’s participatory strategies.
Explosion! Painting as Action encompasses an array of approaches to looking at the borderland between painting and performance, covering a whole range of playful experiments to aggressive risk-taking. Published on the occasion of the exhibition of the same name at Moderna Museet, Stockholm, in 2012.