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Allan Kaprow


Who is Allan Kaprow?

Allan Kaprow was an American painter, assemblagist and a pioneer in establishing the concepts of performance art. He helped to develop the "Environment" and "Happening" in the late 1950s and 1960s, as well as their theory. His Happenings - some 200 of them - evolved over the years. Eventually Kaprow shifted his practice into what he called "Activities", intimately scaled pieces for one or several players, devoted to the study of normal human activity in a way congruent to ordinary life. Fluxus, Performance art, and Installation art was, in turn, influenced by his work.

  • also known as Капроу, Аллан
  • born on (88 years ago) in Atlantic City
  • nationality: United States of America
  • education:
  • profession: Artist, visual artist
  • died on (9 years ago) in Encinitas
  • written works: "Assemblage, environments and happenings", "Untitled essay", "Echo-logy", "L' art et la vie confondus", "Essays on the blurring of art and life", "7 environments", "Days off", "March 22", "Moving", "Sweet wall ; Testimonials", "Time pieces"
  • award: - Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts, US & Canada (Fine Arts)

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Google previewEncyclopedia of the New York School Poets (2015)

The courtlyform adopted byKoch removedthe performance from therawness and, according to Allan Kaprow, even the freshness of happenings, the artist's theater that Kaprow and others had lately pioneered (n.p.). Frank O'Hara, however, ...

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