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Abstract Vaudeville

Abstract Vaudeville

The Work of Rose English

By (author) Guy Brett

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  • Rose English (b.1950) is a British artist whose interdisciplinary practice includes performance, installation, dance, film and theatre. Her work is sometimes site-specific and may involve both human performers and animals. This is a comprehensive survey of her career
  • Her practice broke ground in the 1970s, combining performance, conceptual art, dance, feminism and installation – at a time when such an interdisciplinary approach was uncommon. She is a leading and hugely influential performance artist
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This generously illustrated volume provides a comprehensive survey of the career of a groundbreaking British performance artist. Rose English (b.1950) emerged in the 1970s with an interdisciplinary approach informed by performance, conceptual art, dance, feminism and installation – a pioneering combination at the time.

English has gone on to become one of the most influential performance artists working today. Combining elements of theatre, circus, opera and poetry, her work explores themes of gender politics, the identity of the performer and the metaphysics of presence. She has mounted performances in ice rinks, theatres and traditional art spaces such as London’s Tate Britain, collaborating with horses, magicians and acrobats.

This monograph documents English’s 40-year career to date, including legendary site-specific performances and large-scale spectaculars. Accompanying many rare archival photographs and performance scripts, a major essay by Guy Brett surveys the artist’s work and times alongside interviews with two of English’s closest collaborators, Sally Potter and Simon Vincenzi.

About the Author

Guy Brett (1942–2021) was a London-based art critic, curator and lecturer in art. In 1964, Brett co-founded Signals gallery, an influential and important space that gave a platform to experimental artists from Latin America and continental Europe. From 1964 to 1975 he was art critic of The Times, and from 1981 to 1983 he was visual arts editor of City Limits. During his career Brett wrote seminal monographic essays on artists such as Susan Hiller, Lygia Clark, Hélio Oiticica, David Medalla, Rose English, Mona Hatoum, Takis and others.

Rose English (b.1950) is a British artist whose interdisciplinary practice includes performance, installation, dance, film and theatre.

Anne-Louise Rentell is an Australian performance artist who works as a director, producer, performer and dramaturge.

Specifications
Publisher
Ridinghouse
ISBN
9781905464821
Published
14th Apr 2022
Binding
Hardback
Territory
World excluding USA & Canada
Size
269.87 mm x 200.02 mm
Pages
432 Pages
Illustrations
450 color
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