performance art

Marina Abramović, Both the Stanislavski and Duchamp of Performance Art

marina1 Marina Abramović, Both the Stanislavski and Duchamp of Performance Art

Ms. Abramović. Falcon's name not known. Courtesy Sean Kelly Gallery.

Speaking with the Huffington Post about her performance institute being built in Hudson, N.Y., Marina Abramović said, “[The institute is meant] really to educate the public and the audience more about performance, to leave as my concept what I’m going to call the Abramović method. In theater there is [the] Stanislavski method, but now in performance, it’s going to be the Abramović method.”

Big words. Well, now, in a press release from her gallery Sean Kelly, Ms. Abramović will cement this point in an upcoming show at the Pavilion of Contemporary Art in Milan. It is called “The Abramović Method.”

The show will focus on three works from the last decade, when Ms. Abramović’s celebrity began to reach beyond the confines of the art world: The House With the Ocean View (2002), Seven Easy Pieces (2005) and The Artist is Present (2010).

In a statement, the artist does not compare herself to Stanislavski, but rather Duchamp:

I have arrived at the conclusion that… the performance has no meaning without the public because, as Duchamp said, it is the public that completes the work of art. In the case of performance, I would say that public and performer are not only complementary but almost inseparable.