Viennese Actionism, 1960–1965 and From Action Painting to Actionism, Vienna, 1960–1971 is a rare 2-volume set with essays in German and English. Viennese Actionism was a short and violent movement in 20th-century art. It can be regarded as part of the many independent efforts of the 1960s to develop "action art" such as Fluxus, performance art, and body art. Its main participants were Gunter Brus, Otto Muhl, Hermann Nitsch, and Rudolf Schwarzkogler. As "actionists", they were active between 1960 and 1971. Most have continued their artistic work independently from the early 1970s onwards.
Documentation of the work of these four artists suggests that there was no consciously developed sense of a movement or any cultivation of membership status in an "actionist" group. Rather, this name was applied to various collaborative configurations between these four artists. Malcolm Green has quoted Hermann Nitsch's comment, "Vienna Actionism never was a group. A number of artists reacted to particular situations that they all encountered, within a particular time period, and with similar means and results."
Very rare set, slight tears on both books on top of binding, other than that perfect condition.
- 2-volume paperbacks with dust jackets
- Viennese Actionism: 392 pages
- From Action Painting: 360 pages
- Illustrated throughout