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Since the beginning of her career in Belgrade during the early 1970s, Marina Abramovic has pioneered the use of performance as a visual art form. The body has always been both her subject and her medium, and she has withstood pain, exhaustion and danger in her ongoing quest for emotional and spiritual transformation. As a vital member of the generation of pioneering performance artists that includes Bruce Nauman, Vito Acconci, and Chris Burden, Abramovic created some of the most historic early performance pieces. Of these artists, she is the only one still making important durational works.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780714848020
ISBN-10: 0714848026
Format: Paperback
(290mm x 250mm x 17mm)
Pages: 160
Imprint: Phaidon Press Ltd
Publisher: Phaidon Press Ltd
Publish Date: 31-Oct-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Kristine Stiles

Kristine Stiles is Professor of Art and Art History at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, and has contributed to numerous books, including Out of Actions: Between Performance and the Object (1997), Theories and Documents of Contemporary Art: A Sourcebook of Artists' Writings (1996) and Phaidon's Paul McCarthy (1995). Klaus Biesenbach is the Founding Director of Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, and Curator at the Museum of Modern Art and its affiliate, the P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York. Chrissie Iles is Curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, where she co-curated the 2004 and 2006 Whitney Biennials.

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