Action Painting Vs Performance Art

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Action Painting vs Performance Art
Introduction – 250 words
In my dissertation I want to explore the differences and similarities between action painting and performance art. I will explore the technical processes and conceptual ideas in abstract expressionism, how abstract expressionism started, and what key events took place to influence the start of abstract expressionism and its impact on postmodernism and contemporary art practices and how it developed over the years. I will explore artists who belonged to the abstract expressionism movement; Pollock, De Kooning, Twombly. I think knowing the history of abstract expressionism and these artists will help me understand my own practice.

This will then lead to action painting in depth and
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Pollock introduced his famous 'drip paintings' during the mid-1940's, using thinned out household paint, a paint brush and a piece of raw canvas on the floor, Pollock would drip, flick, throw and pour the paint in a very spontaneous manner to create his large expressive paintings. (Lind, 2013)
“The painting has a life of its own. I try to let it come through”. “On the floor I am more at ease, I feel nearer, more a part of the painting… Since this way I can walk around it… Work from the four sides and be literally ‘in’ the painting” said Pollock, while painting Pollock would walk around the canvas so he can work on it from all sides; this method was so different to the traditional primed canvas upright on an easel. In 1950 photographer Hans Namuth approached Jackson Pollock and asked if he could photograph him in his studio as a part of a group show but Pollock did tend to keep himself to himself but his wife Lee Krasner encouraged Pollock to agree. Namuth took over five hundred photographs of Pollock working in his studio but wasn’t satisfied with them as he felt they did not capture what Pollocks work was about or how we worked. Namuth then created a ten minute short film called ‘Jackson Pollock 51’ was he recorded Pollock in his studio creating work again. An argument happened
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Sometimes performance can be purely spontaneous or scripted, it can involve other pieces of work, sound, music and sculpture. Performance art has origins in the early 20th century and has links in the progress of the avant-garde, futurism, dada, surrealism.
Before the movement was called ‘Performance art’ it was known as ‘Happenings’, this term came from artist Allan Kaprow who in 1959 coined the term Happenings in his work ‘18 Happenings in 6 parts’ stating “You will become a part of the Happenings; you will simultaneously experience them”. This movement allowed artists to freely experiment with movement, sounds and

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