Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present by Klaus Biesenbach

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Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present
Organized by Klaus Biesenbach
Text by Arthur C. Danto, Chrissie Iles, Nancy Spector, and Jovana Stokic

folio. pp. 224. profusely illustrated. includes compact disc the "The Artist's Guide". bds. [New York]: The Museum of Modern Art, [2010].

Third Printing.


ISBN-10: 0870707477 / ISBN-13: 9780870707476

Since the beginning of her career, in Belgrade in the late 1960s, Marina Abramovic has been a pioneer of performance art, creating some of the most important works in the field. Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present accompanies an exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art that documents approximately 50 of the artist's ephemeral time- and media-based works from throughout her career. The book also discusses a unique element of the Museum's retrospective, live performance: a new work created for the occasion, and performed by Abramovic herself; and re-creations of the artist's works by other performers—the first such to be undertaken in a museum setting. The book spans over four decades of Abramovic's early interventions and sound pieces, video works, installations, photographs, solo performances and collaborative performances made with the Dutch artist Ulay (Uwe Laysiepen). Essays by Klaus Biesenbach, Chief Curator of Media and performance art at MoMA, and four distinguished scholars examine Abramovic's ideas of time, duration and the reperformance of performance art as a way to extend it into posterity. The Artist Is Present also includes a CD with audio commentary by the artist that guides the reader through the publication.