An incredible look at the explosion of event-based art on the New York scene at the end of the 50s – the emergence of the "happening" – a combination of performance, installation, music, theater, and other media – depending on the situation – and a strong precursor to later movements to come! We'd always known about these happenings, but have never seen examples of them like this before – a huge book that's filled with photographs that were snapped during the events – most of them by Robert R McElroy, an artist himself – and presented here along with lots of historical text by the author. There's a definite irony in the book – given that the fleeting moments of the happenings were a protest against the commodification of art – but, since the scene was so important to so many other creative talents, we're still pretty happy to have such a big document of the time – especially one done this well. The whole thing's especially eye-opening if you think
that the farther side of NYC culture only began with Warhol's Factory and the Velvet Underground – because there's late 50s images here that make the late 60s seem tame – as the book documents the work of Claes Oldenberg, Jim Dine, Allan Kaprow, and others. A huge book – hardcover, 320 pages, with images throughout!
(Please Note – these copies are slightly shop worn.)