The rise of performance art, and its merging with more traditional forms like painting and sculpture, is the great revolution of postwar art. Its links to theater, photography, music, dance, politics, and popular culture have made it especially appealing to contemporary artists in remote areas; more than any other movement in recent art, performance has found a place throughout the world. Covering three decades of significant and original art, this book features work by more than one hundred artists from the United States, South America, Eastern and Western Europe, and Japan who have had a profound impact on the relationship between visual and performance art in the postwar era. Among the artists included are Joseph Beuys, Chris Burden, John Cage, Lygia Clark, Yves Klein, Marta Minujin, Bruce Nauman, Helio Oiticica, Claes Oldenburg, Yoko Ono, Robert Rauschenberg, Niki de Saint Phalle, Atsuko Tanaka, and Jean Tinguely. Their work encompasses performative objects such as sculpture, artists’ publications, drawings, photographs, and ephemera that come from performances, as well as documentary film and video stills. Published in conjunction with a major exhibition, organized by The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Out of Actions illuminates the unique relationship between action, destruction, performance, and the creative process. Covering an unprecedented range of material, both nationally and temporally, the book offers the first critical comparisons of work that has previously been viewed as distinctly regional and unrelated. With essays by: * Paul Schimmel * Shinichiro Osaki * Hubert Klocker * Kristine Stiles * Guy Brett * Kellie Jones

Exhibition catalogue published in conjunction with show held February 15 – 18, 1979. Text by Jorge Glusberg. Critics and theoreticians featured in the exhibition are Juan Acha, Gregory Battcock, Rene Berger, Florent Bex, Dany Bloch, Germano Celant, Alejandro Cirici Pellicer, Urszula Czartoryska, Gillo Dorfles, Jorge Glusberg, Otto Hahn, Christos Joachimides, Julie Lawson, Abraham Moles, Jacques Monnier, Alain Sayag, Jean Pierre Van Tieghem, Lea Vergine, Francesc Vicens. Artists included are Vito Acconci, José Roberto Aguilar, Ian Breakwell, Pierpaolo Calzolari, Giuseppe Chiari, Michael Druks, Benni Efrat, Hervé Fischer, Fred Forest, Jochen Gerz, Dan Graham, Gretta-Alegre Sarfaty, Richard Kriesche, Jacques Lennep, Les Levine, Lea Lublin, Leopoldo Maler, Bruce McLean, Mario Merz, Gerald Minkoff, Marta Minujin, Antonio Muntadas, Hermann Nitsch, Dennis Oppenheim, Orlan, Jean Otth, Nam June Paik, Gina Pane, Valie Export, and Katsuhiro Yamaguchi. Profusely illustrated in black-and-white. In French.