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Allan Kaprow

American artist

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". .Around late 1961 to 1962, right around there, somewhat unevenly and sort of spottily, I began to do pieces that were based upon a short text of actions that only involved a handful of friends or students at some specific site a site that was not marked as an art site, a ravine somewhere, or a roadway, or somebody's apartment, or the telephone, that is, the places of everyday life, not designated as sites of art. And the work itself, the action, the kind of participation, was as remote from anything artistic as the site was.. ..I chose the word Happening from its normal language usage somewhat earlier for that philosophical reason, but I didn't categorize that as lifelike until much later. But in fact, looking back, that's exactly what Happening meant." - Allan Kaprow

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". .it's not what artists touch that counts most. It's what they don't touch." - Allan Kaprow

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". .the problem with artlike art, or even doses of artlike art that still linger in lifelike art, is that it overemphasizes the discourse within art.." - Allan Kaprow

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" [something like] a badly constructed or repaired motor, or like that wonderful event of Tinguely's, where he made a huge contraption in the backyard of the Museum of Modern Art called 'Homage to New York', which was a machine that destroyed itself in various humorous ways. It's that breakdown system along with slippages that you can't predict I find most interesting, not because I want to make a point about society as being a broken down system or that all life is entropic I don't, but rather that its process is unforeseeable." - Allan Kaprow

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"A walk down 14th street is more amazing than any masterpiece of art." - Allan Kaprow


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