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Marina Abramović Makes Movie for Shoe Company, Ruins Performance Art Forever

Ms. Abramovic

There’s still soccer happening in Brazil, and as a result Adidas has paid Marina Abramović what must be vast sums of money to recreate her performance Work Relation, from 1978, on film, only this time with everyone wearing Adidas. In it, the men and women and Marina Abramović wearing said Adidas walk through Pioneer Works in Red Hook carrying rocks in different ways. It appears to be a metaphor for sports. Read More

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Allow Me to 501(c)-3-Introduce Myself: On Jay and Marina’s Pre-‘Picasso’ Meeting


One refrain from Jay Z’s recent single “Picasso Baby” has the rapper describe the jet-set lifestyle (“marble floors, gold ceilings”) and then follow his bragging with the line “aw, fuck it, I want a billion” (or “a trillion”). The song’s music video, a k a “Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film,” takes its inspiration from The Artist Is Present, Marina Abramovic’s 2010 performance at the Museum of Modern Art, and highlights Jay Z’s “aw, fuck it” lines with cheers from an onlooking crowd. It also happens to feature Ms. Abramovic prominently. Read More

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Marina Abramović, Both the Stanislavski and Duchamp of Performance Art

Ms. Abramovic. Falcon's name not known.

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.” Read More

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RoseLee Goldberg and Klaus Biesenbach Curate Fourth Installment of '100 Years of Performance'

Francis Alÿs "When Faith Moves Mountains" (2002). Courtesy Guggenheim Museum.

Klaus Biesenbach, director of MoMA PS1, and RoseLee Goldberg, director of Performa, will co-curate “100 Years of Performance” at Boston University Art Gallery. The exhibition includes seminal works like Yoko Ono’s Cut Piece (1965), in which the artist instructed her audience to cut the fabric from her body until she was naked, and Francis Alÿs’s When Faith Moves Mountains (2002), where about 500 volunteers armed with shovels moved a 1600-foot sand dune just outside Lima, Peru four inches away from its original location. Read More

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Marina Abramovic’s ‘The Artist is Present’ Travels to Moscow; Reviewer Finds Performance Art ‘Magical’


A truncated version of Marina Abramovic’s “The Artist is Present” exhibition, shown in 2010 at the Museum of Modern Art, traveled to collector Dasha Zhukova’s Garage Center for Contemporary Art in Moscow. Forty-seven Russian artists were trained by Ms. Abramovic to stage live re-enactments of some of the artist’s past works. Ms. Zhukova, if you’ll recall, recently launched The Greatest Magazine in the History of Mankind. It is called Garage. It is not about Garages. Read More