Publications have been an important component of Performa’s activities from the outset, and are the result of our commitment to and belief in the importance of writing, documenting, educating, and publishing about performance art. Following each biennial, we self-publish a 350-page book that provides an overview of current performance practices in contemporary art using the structure of the biennial, as well as the history and geography of the participating artists and collaborating organizations, alternative spaces, and performance sites as a framework. Performa’s publication program also includes artist monographs and project specific publications.
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PERFORMA 13: SURREALISM / THE VOICE / CITIZENSHIP
By RoseLee Goldberg. Edited by Kathleen Madden.
Performa 13: Surrealism / The Voice / Citizenship is the definitive publication of the Performa 13 biennial, following as the fifth in a celebrated series that illuminates the commissions, premieres, projects, installations, and lectures from the Performa biennials. In this edition, Performa Founding Director and Curator, RoseLee Goldberg, and the Performa Team bring us inside the Performa 13 biennial, in which over one hundred visual artists from around the world presented live performances at more than sixty venues throughout New York City. From the renowned Performa Commissions program—with ambitious new work by Paweł Althamer, Rosa Barba, Boris Charmatz, Raqs Media Collective, Subodh Gupta, Florian Hecker, Rashid Johnson, Joan Jonas, Ryan McNamara, Eddie Peake, Alexandre Singh, Marianne Vitale, and Tori Wraanes—to the inaugural Pavilions Without Walls, in which the biennial explored the character of contemporary art in Norway and Poland, and including special thematic focuses on ideas of Citizenship, the Voice, and the historic anchor of Surrealism, Performa 13 is an exhilarating look at the state of artists’ performance today.
With texts by over fifty critics and curators, and photographs by Paula Court, Performa 13 is an invaluable historical document that will provide insight, knowledge, and inspiration for years to come.
Performa 13: Surrealism / The Voice / Citizenship is co-published with Gregory R. Miller & Co. Publishers, and distributed by DAP.
“Performa is a gift to New York!”—Jerry Saltz, New York Magazine
PERFORMA 11: STAGING IDEAS
By RoseLee Goldberg.
Edited by Jennifer Piejko. Text by Yulia Aksenova, Defne Ayas, Mark Beasley, Claire Bishop, Boris Groys, Jens Hoffman, Dan Fox, Greil Marcus, Katie Sonnenborn, Sarah Thorton, Alex Waterman, Sue Williamson, et al.
Performa 11: Staging Ideas is the fourth volume in an acclaimed series that draws content and inspiration from the world-renowned Performa biennials. Written by legendary performance art historian RoseLee Goldberg, Performa 11 is the definitive document of the Performa 11 biennial, and features documentation by the 150 artists who took part, including Robert Ashley, Tarek Atoui, Gerard Byrne, Simon Fujiwara, Guy Maddin, Liz Magic Laser, Athi-Patra Ruga, Laurel Nakadate and James Franco, Shirin Neshat, and Frances Stark. The book features photographs of each artist’s performance by acclaimed photographer Paula Court, storyboards, sketches and scripts documenting the artists’ creative processes, and ten newly commissioned essays on different themes from the biennial, including language, Russian Constructivism, Fluxus, comedy and the relationship between visual art and theater. Performa 11 is a beautiful document of a remarkable biennial, as well as an invaluable reference guide to some of the most significant performance artists of our time. Performa 11 will begin shipping April 2014.
PERFORMA 09: BACK TO FUTURISM
Written and edited by RoseLee Goldberg
Forward by Irving Sandler
Performa 09: Back to Futurism is the definitive document of the unforgettable Performa 09 biennial. As the third volume to draw content and inspiration from the world-renowned Performa biennials, this beautiful 400-page book features creative documentation by the 150 artists who made Performa 09 so extraordinary—among them Guy Ben-Ner, Candice Breitz, Omer Fast, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster and Ari Benjamin Meyers, Mike Kelley, Arto Lindsay, Wangechi Mutu, Christian Tomaszewski and Joanna Malinowska, and Yeondoo Jung (all of whom presented special Performa Commissions) and Keren Cytter, Tacita Dean, Alicia Framis, Loris Greaud, William Kentridge, and Joan Jonas (who brought US premieres to the biennial). Vibrant photos of each artist’s performance by renowned photographer Paula Court and texts contributed by a range of curators and critics provide accounts of every show, as well as an understanding of the importance of each work within the artist’s individual career and in relation to larger historical trends. Taking place at over 80 of New York’s most exciting art and cultural venues, Performa 09 was created as a collaboration between all of these moving parts, so a portrait of the city’s remarkable history of cultural innovation also emerges from these pages. Performa 09: Back to Futurism is not only a gorgeous document of a remarkable biennial, but also an invaluable reference guide to the most significant artists of our time, for art historians and fans alike.
EVERYWHERE AND ALL AT ONCE: AN ANTHOLOGY OF WRITINGS ABOUT PERFORMA 07
Edited by RoseLee Goldberg
Forward by Francis Alys
Everywhere and All at Once: An Anthology of Writings About Performa 07 is the second in a series of publications drawing content and inspiration from the world-renowned Performa biennials. Like the first book in this series,,Performa: New Visual Art Performance, which documented the inaugural Performa 05, Everywhere and All at Once reflects the ever-changing nature of the Performa biennials, offering an exhilarating view into key themes highlighted in Performa 07. In addition to providing an in-depth look at new performances by some of the world’s most exciting visual artists, Everywhere and All at Once focuses on the relationship between contemporary dance and visual art, the ongoing legacy of ‘Happenings’ inventor Allan Kaprow, and the recent explosion of performance in China. Inventive documentation by the one hundred international artists who participated in the biennial, including vibrant photographs of each performance along with artists’ scripts, sketches, journals, and storyboards, accompanies a wealth of writings by prominent curators and critics including Anthony Huberman, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Stephanie Rosenthal, Jay Sanders, and Catherine Wood, as well as dozens of interviews with some of the most significant artists of our time, among them Paul McCarthy, Dan Graham, Isaac Julien, Yvonne Rainer, Nathalie Djurberg, and Jerome Bel. Performa founder RoseLee Goldberg, who pioneered the study of performance art with her groundbreaking book Performance Art from Futurism to the Present (1979), presents an authoritative introduction, addressing the changing role of performance in the twenty-first century as well as the biennial’s unique emphasis on the city of New York. Everywhere and All at Once is not only an invaluable reference for years to come, but also a definitive guide to the cultural life of New York City and the international art world alike, as encapsulated in the remarkable biennial that brings them together.
PERFORMA: NEW VISUAL ART PERFORMANCE
By RoseLee Goldberg
Forward by Hal Foster
Photographs by Paula Court, Edited by Jennifer Liese
A catalog and historical record of the world’s first performance biennial, which took place in New York City in November 2005, Performa: New Visual Art Performance is also an artists’ journal and reference tool authored by Performa founder RoseLee Goldberg, who pioneered the study of performance art with her seminal book Performance Art from Futurism to the Present (1979). Performa: New Visual Art Performance presents an authoritative introduction to the genre, many forms including radio broadcast, dance, live installation, new technologies, film and video, music, historic reconstructions and lecture-as-performance, and provides a vivid tour through the world of contemporary performance, featuring inventive documentation of works by some of the most significant artists of our time, including Jesper Just, Francis Alys, Christian Marclay, Laurie Simmons, Tamy Ben-Tor, Melik Ohanian, Michael Smith, Christian Holstad, and Gelitin. Vibrant photographs of each artist’s performance by renowned performance photographer Paula Court are accompanied by their scripts, sketches and storyboards, providing unique insight into their creative processes. Lively interviews with many of the artists who made the first biennial so extraordinary appear alongside context-setting essays by some of New York’s most accomplished young curators. An invaluable reference tool, a new kind of guide to cultural life, and a time capsule of this very moment in New York’s eminent history of performance, Performa: New Visual Art Performance captures the state of performance today in all of its beauty, complexity, and excitement. Distributed by Distributed Art Publishers Inc.