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No Innocent Bystanders
Performance Art and Audience
Frazer Ward



Interfaces: Studies in Visual Culture

Dartmouth
2012 • 224 pp. 24 illus. 6 x 9"
Art - Performance / Art Criticism & Theory / Contemporary Art / Performing Art

$29.95 Paperback, 978-1-61168-335-6
$85.00 Hardcover, 978-1-61168-334-9

$27.99 Ebook, 978-1-61168-336-3

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“Ward has pulled off the impressive feat of navigating the complex theoretical positions of performance art and its histories, in a way that is both engaging and instructive, while widening established debates.” —Oxford Art Journal

The changing role of the spectator in contemporary performance art

At a moment when performance art and performance generally are at the center of the international art world, Frazer Ward offers us insightful readings of major performance pieces by the likes of Acconci, Burden, Abramovi , and Hsieh, and confronts the twisting and troubled relationship that performance art has had with the spectator and the public sphere. Ward contends that the ethical challenges with which performance art confronts its viewers speak to the reimagining of the audience, in terms that suggest the collapse of notions like “public” and “community.”

A thoughtful, even urgent discussion of the relationship between art and the audience that will appeal to a broad range of art historians, artists, and others interested in constructions of the public sphere.

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No Innocent Bystanders reorients our understanding of some of the most galvanizing and generative performance works of the 1970s. In prose that is both refreshingly direct and finely nuanced, Frazer Ward reads these works as explorations of the limit conditions of publicness and of community. The argument couldn't be more timely.”
—Judith Rodenbeck, author of
Radical Prototypes: Allan Kaprow and the Invention of Happenings



FRAZER WARD is an associate professor of art history at Smith College. His work appears widely in books, catalogs, and journals.



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