performance art


Definition of performance art 

: a nontraditional art form often with political or topical themes that typically features a live presentation to an audience or onlookers (as on a street) and draws on such arts as acting, poetry, music, dance, or painting

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Since her Patreon launched on March 3, 2015, Palmer has used the revenue to make 56 things including two LPs, four EPs, six webcasts, plus original and cover songs, videos, podcasts, and performance art. Jed Gottlieb, Billboard, "How Amanda Palmer Is Raising Even More Funding Than She Did on Kickstarter," 11 July 2018 There will be local merchants, live paintings, performances arts musical acts and a bar serving alcohol. Missy Amaya, sacbee, "Artists pay tribute to Frida Kahlo with birthday exhibit on Friday in North Sacramento," 4 July 2018 Jonas, a pioneer in video and performance art, was selected to represent the United States at the Venice Biennale, widely regarded as the world’s most prestigious contemporary-art exhibition, in 2015., "MIT artist Joan Jonas wins Kyoto Prize," 14 June 2018 The Kardashian Kids While a potential career in performance arts might not have made an appearance on True’s birth chart, that doesn’t stop her from being adorable in a tutu nonetheless. Jen Juneau,, "Khloé Kardashian Breaks Down Daughter True's Birth Chart: 'Failure Isn't an Option for Her'," 11 June 2018 On the other hand, Gibbons could be putting on some next level, Andy Kaufman-level performance art under the guise of this character, Moth, a genderfluid aspiring star held down by critics and the square world at large. Trevor Fraser,, "Review: Moth - Fringe 2018," 14 May 2018 Also performing will be the Haberdasher, a band that mixes performance art with its rock sound. Jeff Milo, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit music: The Paybacks make a comeback; Flint Eastwood playing at MOCAD," 28 June 2018 The couple and their backup dancers essentially create performance art while standing in front of still lifes and portraits., "Pop Culture Is Breathing New Life Into Stuffy Museums," 18 June 2018 To mark the release of his new album Testing, Rocky did performance art at Sotheby’s. Dan Adler, Vanities, "A$AP Ferg Shuts Down Tiffany’s," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of performance art

1971, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of performance art

: a type of art that is created in front of or presented to an audience by the artist

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