More Than Meat Joy: Complete Performance Works & Selected Writings
  • Author: Schneemann, Carolee
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • Size: 10-1/4 x 8-1/2"
  • Pub. Year: 1997
  • ISBN: 0-929701-54-2
  • In Stock: Yes
Price: $50.00
Approx. 400 photographs.
2nd edition (1997)
With a New Preface by Bruce McPherson

We are pleased to present a new edition of the only book that documents the complete works across 20 years of one of the original creators of performance art. As performance art books go, this one is especially unusual for its integration of large numbers of photographs with performance scores as well as descriptive texts. Schneemann began making events and "happenings" in 1960; over thirty works are recorded through 1978 (this book was originally published in 1979). The range of her work has been substantial and broadly influential: from solo improvisations to large group ensemble pieces, from starkly bare stagings to multi-media and multi-sensory extravaganzas. Schneemann's performance works -- direct extensions of her equally important work as a painter and filmmaker -- have been performed throughout Europe and the United States. This book includes sections of her selected writings gathered from art and literary magazines, diaries, and journals; and it completed by a festschrift of tributes from notable artists, poets, and critics. More Than Meat Joy is vital to an understanding of the origins and intentions of performance art, as well as being the expression of an enormously important artist.

"It is a beautifully produced book, filled with the vivaciousness and ebullience so characteristic of Schneemann's work."
-- American Book Review

The New Museum of Contemporary Art, NYC, recently featured a retrospective of Carolee Schneemann's works from 1963 to 1996, which further confirms her place in originating issues of serious critical discourse. The exhibit included the installation "Mortal Coils" (1993-94)...


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