13 January 2022

Leigh Bowery Still Entertaining And Relevant – James Payne

The performance artist Leigh Bowery died of AIDS-related illness on New Year’s Eve 1994 at only 33 years old. He didn’t tell anyone he was sick – except his best friend, Sue Tilley. When she asked him what she should tell people when he died, he said: “Tell them I’ve gone to Papua New Guinea”.

10 August 2021

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A Decade Of Performance Art For Folkestone Based ]performance s p a c e[

Folkestone-based performance art organisation, ]performance s p a c e[ has been busy this summer celebrating its tenth anniversary.

2 April 2019

Ralph Rugoff And Aaron Cezar Announce Performance Programme For 58TH Venice Biennale

A series of dynamic performances have been announced for the opening week and final weekend of the 58th Venice Biennale of Art.

28 April 2017

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Vito Acconci Seminal Performance Art Pioneer Dies Aged 77

The New York-born Brooklyn-based conceptual and performance artist Vito Acconci has died age 77. He is best known for his seminal performances art.

29 March 2017

Everyman His Own Artwork – Tate Modern – Edward Lucie-Smith Review

By the time you get round to reading this – I’m writing on the evening after the press preview – Tate Modern will have launched its latest enterprise – A BMW Tate Live Exhibition entitled Ten Days, Six Nights. It here’s now. It won’t be here long. In other words, blink and you’ll miss it.

23 January 2017

Shia LaBeouf Unveils Four-Year Trump Protest Performance Piece

Beginning on the morning of Trump’s inauguration at 9 am on January 20, 2017, Shia LaBeouf commenced his most ambitious performance piece. Titled, “HE WILL NOT DIVIDE US.”

19 December 2016

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Top 10 – Strangest Art Performances

Artlyst has delved through the archives of art world oddities to bring you the reader the strangest art performance pieces of all time.

10 March 2016

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Block Universe Announces 2016 Annual London Festival of Performance Art

London’s annual festival of performance art ‘Block Universe’ is presenting cutting-edge performance art at the cross-section of contemporary visual art, dance and music. Following a successful launch in 2015, Block Universe returns for its second edition across major institutions and unique venues from 30 May to 5 June 2016, with an expanded public programme. This week-long […]

11 December 2015

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Shia LaBeouf: Sorry Wrong Soul – Live Liverpool Art Performance Update

Actor turned ‘Performance artist’ Shia LaBeouf has launched his latest artwork in Liverpool.  “#TOUCHMYSOUL” examines the culture and nature of fame and the gap between a celebrity’s public persona and real life. The Hollywood actor has created a dedicated call centre at Fact gallery, where he and his two collaborators are taking calls live. Instead of the usual conversation the […]

4 December 2015

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Russia Upholds Performance Artist’s Incarceration After Burning FSB HQ Doors

A Russian court has ruled against releasing the radical artist Pyotr Pavlensky from prison, while the artist awaits trial over the torching of the doors of FSB security service headquarters. Moscow City Court upheld the decision by a district court to jail Pavlensky during the investigation into his political protest last month, RIA Novosti news […]

3 October 2015

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Fine Art Society Presents Major New Performance Art Exhibition

The Fine Art Society is presenting a major contemporary group exhibition featuring 9 artists who incorporate the act of performance in their practice including concrete poetry, dance, choreography and theatre. The exhibition which will be displayed across two floors of the Bond Street gallery will include work across a range of media including painting, sculpture, […]

24 July 2015

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Camden’s David Roberts Art Foundation To Increase Performance Art Commitment

The David Roberts Art Foundation is to increase its ongoing commitment to performance, by opening a dedicated live projects space. The expansion will occupie a 250 sq m converted industrial loft with original wooden rafters within DRAF’s London building.  Since its foundation in 2008, DRAF has championed performance at the centre of its programme, presenting […]

1 July 2015

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Delfina Foundation Exhibition Explores Performance Art From The Arab World

In tandem to Echoes & Reverberations at the Hayward Gallery Project Space, this major group exhibition at Delfina Foundation explores performance as a form of recording and re-writing history. Artists include Doa Aly, Marwa Arsanios, Coco Fusco, Emily Jacir, Mona Hatoum, Sharon Hayes, Mohammed Kazem, Xiao Lu, Hassan Sharif, Wael Shawky, Sharif Waked, Lin Yilin […]

29 June 2015

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Tino Sehgal’s Radical Redefinition of Art Presented In Berlin

Works by the Turner Prize nominated artist Tino Sehgal are presented in an exhibition at the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin. This ties in with a further work by Sehgal performed during the international performing arts festival Foreign Affairs at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele. Tino Sehgal is not like other artists of his generation. The Berlin/Londoner represents a radical redefinition […]

2 April 2014

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Performance Artist To Live Inside Bear Carcass For 13 Days

The French performance artist Abraham Pointcheval has announced that he will be locked in a bear carcass for 13 days in the name of art.The habitat has been specially fitted into the remains of a black bear and it has been designed to allow the artists to reside completely self-sufficiently, like an astronaut . Abraham […]

24 March 2013

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Performance Art Suffers Setback In London With Venue Closures Looming

Last week saw the announcement of the closure of Stoke Newington International Airport, Old Vic Tunnels & LUPA – a devastating week for performance art in London. Due to the fast paced gentrification taking place in Hackney Wick, ]performance s p a c e [  faces the same fate and needs your help now. They […]

20 January 2013

Greetings Earthlings: Reflections From The Artists Earth Star – Review

“Ascending With Our Earth Star”, an art event which opened on 21 December 2012, is an exhibition incorporating a mixture of performance and visual art combined with the healing arts. The 21st of December is a date which the Mayans predicted would bring in a new Earth phase and welcome an expansion of human consciousness. […]

12 January 2013

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Andy Kaufman Resurrected In NY Performance Art Exhibition

An exhibition opening today in New York honouring the life and work of Andy Kaufman, highlights the influential Performance Art aspect of his work. Maccarone presents, “On Creating Reality, by Andy Kaufman,” a project presented by artist Jonathan Berger, in collaboration with the Estate of Andy Kaufman, Lynne Margulies, Bob Zmuda, and Tony Clifton, on […]