Performance art goes legit
Experiential works are showing up at fairs more and more, and a small selection of institutions and niche collectors are snapping them up.
By Gareth Harris.
Performance art is no longer a fringe activity in the art world: the genre is gaining momentum at art fairs worldwide with more and more galleries showing works that would once have been considered unsellable in the marketplace. But this field is still very much a specialist, niche area with only a small selection of major museums and a handful of collectors prepared to invest both financially and intellectually in “live” works that must usually adhere to complex sets of instructions provided by the artists. Most collectors subsequently turn to tangible items: documentation of performance works in the form of films and photographs.
Don’t Art Fashion Music, Chicks on Speed, Frankfurt, 2009