No Innocent Bystanders cover No Innocent Bystanders: Performance Art and Audience

Frazer Ward

Dartmouth College Press
Copyright © 2012 Trustees of Dartmouth College

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At a moment when performance art and performance generally are at the center of the international art world, Frazer Ward offers us insightful readings of major performance pieces by the likes of Acconci, Burden, Abramovi , and Hsieh, and confronts the twisting and troubled relationship that performance art has had with the spectator and the public sphere. Ward contends that the ethical challenges with which performance art confronts its viewers speak to the reimagining of the audience, in terms that suggest the collapse of notions like “public” and “community.”


About the Editors


FRAZER WARD is an associate professor of art history at Smith College. His work appears widely in books, catalogs, and journals.


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This electronic publication of No Innocent Bystanders was made possible with the permission of the author. The University Press of New England created EPUB and PDF files from a scanned copy of the book.


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Published with permission of Frazer Ward.

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Bibliographic Information

Published by Dartmouth College Press, Hanover, 2012. ISBN 9781611683349, 205 pages.
Print edition: NX456.5.P38 W37 2012


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