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Filled with images from the artists many shows and performances, this unique book celebrates Anderson's many films, videos, sculptures, paintings, and concerts, as well as her collaborations with William Burroughs, Spalding Gray, Lou Reed, and others.
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As a major figure rising out of the downtown New art scene of the 1970s, Laurie Anderson has straddled aural and visual art with equal genius to unfold the stories embedded in the effects of media on American cultural and political life as well as on the everyday. Now in her fourth decade of artistic production, Anderson is at last the subject of an impressive book by Roselee Goldberg that exemplifies both the value and problems inherent in textual containment of a live form.
The ephemeral and unrepeatable ontology of performance provokes vexed and hotly contested questions around its documentation. Roselee Goldberg's superbly produced eponymous book should be exhibit A in the case for the defence. The documentation of performance involves freezing its flow, rendering it into a series of static artifacts like costumes and photographs strangely cut off from their life. Goldberg makes a valiant and wholly commendable attempt to make the best of what can always only be the curation of the traces of art, rather than art itself in several ways.
First, she organises Anderson's output historically to allow readers to understand it in the context of the development of themes, theatrical techniques, and the evolution of technology Anderson employs so idiosyncratically. Second, with remarkable access to those traces of performance, she includes textual excerpts and songs, Anderson's own designs for body instruments such as the audio glasses she used to amplify the sounds of her own body, as well as sketches for stage sets, and chunks of interviews with the artist. Goldberg also takes time to describe the performance, which--although fraught with the difficulty of translating one medium into another--is too often ignored by archivists and academics. Finally, Goldberg clearly and usefully interprets Anderson's work in the context of aesthetics, society, technology, and culture.
Anderson's work has always been about communication, she floats images before her audience, while streams of words anchor them to strangely traditional forms of story-telling about animals, home, dreams, families, and angels. Both traditional and high-technology becomes hand-drawn, exceeding its function and finding new ones through theatre: the Tape Bow Violin or the Violinograph, for instance. While not working with found-objects, Anderson finds the theatricality of each media, each object, and each story she uses. Ultimately, the effect is only partially successfully conveyed, even in a book as useful as Goldberg's. But as a coffee table book for the avant-garde set, Laurie Anderson sets a high standard for performance books to follow. --Fiona BucklandAbout the Author:
RoseLee Goldberg currently teaches at New York University in New York City.
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Book Description ABRAMS April 2000, 2000. Hardcover. Condition: New. Laurie Anderson is one of the most acclaimed and innovative performance artists working today. This book, written by a leading authority on performance art, delivers a comprehensive look at Anderson's multifaceted career, from her performance pieces of the early 1970s to her 1999 electronic opera, Songs and Stories from Moby Dick. Filled with photographs of Anderson's performances, sculptures, books, installations, instruments, and inventions, stills from her films and videos, reproductions of her drawings and sketches, and including song lyrics and excerpts from many of her stories, the book vividly conjures up the artist's achievements. It also offers fresh insights into her pioneering multimedia pieces (such as United States and Stories from the Nerve Bible), her musical recordings (including the pop hit 'O Superman'), and her provocative collaborations (with William Burroughs, Spalding Gray, and Lou Reed, among others). Prepared with Anderson's cooperation and participation, this book will be the ultimate gift for her many fans and will gain her many new ones. Filled with photos of Anderson's innovative performances, sculptures, books, installations, inventions, and stills from her films, this book vividly conjures up the performance artist's many achievements. 390 illustrations, 117 in full color. Author/artist tour. Seller Inventory # 127772
Book Description Harry N. Abrams Pub., USA, 2000. Hard Cover in Dust Jacket. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. Photos Throughout (illustrator). First. 2000 STILL SEALED First Edition Large HARDCOVER book in the original dust Jacket . Still in the original shrink from the publisher ; smudged black feltpen line on bottom edge, small corner bumps to black corners; you'll be the first to unwrap it. Book size: 10" wide x 10" tall x 1" thick , weighs nearly 3 pounds; 204 pages in total illustrated with 323 photos and illustrations, including 117 in color . Laurie Anderson is the consumate performance artist, and this, according to the New York Times , is a ".thoughtful overview of Anderson's multimedia career . vivid and illuminating . shows the seamless continuity of Anderson's daily life, dreams and work." . Roselee Goldberg is author of the critically praised Performance Art - From Futurism to the Present and Performance - Live Art Since 1960 . She is a chronicler of performance art . In this book, she looks at the career of Laurie Anderson, with assistance and involvement from Lauie Anderson herself . Presented chronologically are the art, writings, performance pieces, videos, films, and installations of the 1970s, 80s, and 90s . "The goal of this book," writes Goldberg, "is to present the full range of Anderson's creativity." . " Laurie Anderson " . by Roselee Goldberg . with assistance by Laurie Anderson . published by Harry N. Abrams Pub., NY . 2000 Hard cover book in the original DJ *** Secure packing for Shipping since 1965 *** Size: 10 x 10 x 1". Seller Inventory # 6368
Book Description Harry N. Abrams, 2000. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0810935821
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Book Description Harry N. Abrams, 2000. Rilegato. Condition: nuovo. Brand New., Ill. bn: --, Ill. colori: Fully Illustrated in colour, Peso: 1225 gr. Seller Inventory # 10293-FF01