qqChildsplay qis an extraordinary book. Jeff Kelley not only narrates the history of Allan Kaprow's art but also tells the story of art in the last half of the twentieth century from an entirely fresh point of view. He makes sense of performance history in the context of developments in the more traditional art media in a way that I find consistently illuminating.q--Henry Sayre, author of qThe Object of Performance: The American Avant-Garde Since 1970q qAllan Kaprow's Happenings? You had to be there, goes the retort. But the next best thing, it turns out, is reading David Antin's witty first-hand accounts and Jeff Kelley's illuminating discussion of this singular form of vanguard performance art.q--Christopher Knight, art critic, Los Angeles Times qAllan Kaprow is one of those rare artists whose ideas and innovations have changed the practice and theory of art in his own lifetime. As a founding father and a leading practitioner of performance and conceptual art, he created works that have run the risk of ephemerality, leaving few traces or objects behind them. It is the achievement of Jeff Kelley's qChildsplayq that Kaprow's seminal works (or qplayq as the title would have it) are now brought sharply and vividly back to the present. The result is not only historically and critically alive, it is nothing short of monumental.q--Jerome Rothenberg, poet, professor emeritus of visual arts and literature, University of California, San Diego qHappenings were wild, exciting, stimulating, and engaging. And best of all, the everyday person could participate. Allan Kaprow has had an enormous impact on art and performance. Now with qChildsplay qyou will have the wonderful opportunity to revisit his work and enjoy his creativity and stunning imagination. Perhaps you will be inspired to reinvent one of Kaprow's Happenings or better yet, create one of your own.q--Anna Halprin qA Happening is an important moment in twentieth-century art. To understand a Happening you must start where Happenings began, with Allan Kaprow.q--Dennis Hopperaquot;aquot;Childsplay aquot;is an extraordinary book. Jeff Kelley not only narrates the history of Allan Kaprowa#39;s art but also tells the story of art in the last half of the twentieth century from an entirely fresh point of view.
|Author||:||Jeff Kelley, Allan Kaprow|
|Publisher||:||Taylor & Francis US - 2004|