What is the difference between performance art and the performing arts?

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Trisha Brown, Primary Accumulation

When I talk about performance art, many people ask me – but what is the difference between performance art and the performing arts? I have tried to respond to this in an article I recently published on Experimental Action’s blog.

“Performance art, as formalized by artists in New York City in the 1970’s, largely explored how the body, normally used as an instrument in canvas painting and sculpture, could be seen as a material, an instrument, and a work of art in and of itself. Its differences between the performing arts were subtle in many ways, especially when seen alongside choreographers and musicians who were working in NYC at the same time.”

here for rest of article. 

 

 

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