Posts tagged Art Theory
Catherine Taft joins The Action Bureau
The Action Bureau is pleased to announce that Catherine Taft has officially joined us as a member of our curatorial collective. She will henceforth be working with us to continue our Free Clinic series, develop new projects, and contribute her own original content to our tumblr.
Catherine Taft is a critic and curator based in Los Angeles. Her essays on contemporary art and culture appear regularly in publications including Artforum, ArtReview, Modern Painters, Metropolis-M, and in exhibition catalogs in the U.S. and abroad. In addition to her writing, Taft is a curatorial associate and project specialist in the Department of Architecture and Contemporary Art the Getty Research Institute, where she helped organize the 2008 exhibition, California Video and is currently working on the 2011 exhibition and research initiative, Pacific Standard Time: Art in Los Angeles 1945-1980. As part of this project, Taft will co-edit a publication on the Pacific Standard Time Public Art and Performance Art Festival, to be released in spring 2012.
We are ecstatic about this new partnership! Welcome Catherine Taft!
What is performance art?
A primary function of art is to bridge our spiritual and physical worlds. Through crass materialism we have reduced art to cultural real estate. Actual creativity can be neither bought nor sold, though its husks, shells and skins often are. It is possible in art to use meta systems without over-reliance on physical residue and attendant marketplace hustling, jockeying and squabblings. Art is the demonstrated wish and will to resolve conflict through action, be it spiritual, religious, political, personal, social or cultural. To heal is to make whole.