Painting after Performance, Performance after Painting

A Bigger Splash: Painting After Performance opens at the Tate Modern next week. The relationship between painting and performance is rich and still unfolding. Tate curator Catherine Wood starts the show by defining two narrative trajectories for painting. The first, painting as a site of action (Pollock), and the second, painting as a backdrop for the theatrical (Hockney). Wood then brings in works by the Gutai Group, the Vienna Aktionists, Cindy Sherman and Helena Almeida to look at the performative nature of applying paint to canvas as well as what Wood describes as the reinvention of painting as a collaborative or ritualistic action. The links through Gutai and the Aktionists take you to the Tate's "Performance Art 101" primer, an interesting educational initiative worth checking out. Contemporary performance work by Marc Camille Chaimowicz, Irwin, Lucy McKenzie and more are included.

Helena Almeida 
Inhabited Painting 1975


David Hockney, A Bigger Splash

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