Allan Kaprow


Allan Kaprow (b. 1927 in Atlantic City, d. 2006 in Encinitas) studied philosophy at New York University from 1945 to 1949 and was awarded a Master of Arts degree at Columbia University, New York in 1952. As an artist and art theoretician, he worked on the development of forms of action art, and in 1958, coined the term “happening” for it. Throughout his life he realized over 250 of such happenings, including Time Pieces for the exhibition project ADA – Avantgarde, which was organized by Neuer Berliner Kunstverein in 1973. In his work Yard, for the first time in 1961 he piled up car tires in the backyard of the New York Martha Jackson Gallery. Instead of being contemplative and physically inactive in front of the work, the visitors had to climb over the dirty mountains of tires. The happening was to be understood as a political and social actionagainst the fetishization and aestheticization of art. As part of the graphic portfolio The Readymade Boomerang, created for the 8th Biennale of Sydney (1990), Kaprow produced a series of two-color offset lithographs that also feature a car tire. His works were presented at, among others, Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin (2015); Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (2012; 2009; 1974; 1973); Tate Modern, London (2008); Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2008); Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (2007); Kunsthalle Bern (2007); Haus der Kunst, Munich (2006); Centre Pompidou, Paris (1994); Venice Biennale (1993); documenta, Kassel (1987; 1977).

1990, 2-colored offset lithograph, 100 x 70 cm, 3 of 60 + XLV AP, signed and numbered
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