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"After two or three minutes of sitting motionless you start feeling the body. Then after one hour, two hours, you have muscles and such tension that if you don't move in a second, you think, 'I'm going to faint.' And then when you say to yourself, 'So what if I just faint,' something clicks in your mind and there's no pain anymore. You have to go through such a door of pain to liberate that energy, and people don't get that far into that space to confront such pain." Marina Abramovic, excerpted from Marina Abramovic: Seven Easy Pieces, Charta.
Marina Abramovic pioneered the use of performance as a visual art form. The body has always been both her subject and medium; exploring the physical and mental limits of her being, she has withstood pain, exhaustion and danger in the quest for transformation. Her career began in Belgrade during the early 1970s, and her work has since appeared at The Museum of Modern Art, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center and The New Museum in New York; the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C., the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, and many others. She has won a Bessie, as the New York Dance and Performance Award is called, and the Venice Biennale's Lion D'Or. In March of 2010, The Museum of Modern Art, New York will present The Artist is Present, documenting 50 years of the artist's ephemeral time- and media-based works from throughout her career.
Published by Royal Academy of Arts. Text by Karen Archey, Adrian Heathfield, Svetlana Racanovic, Andrea Tarsia, Devin Zuber.
Over the past half century, Marina Abramovic has earned worldwide acclaim as a pioneer of performance art. In the fall of 2023 the Royal Academy in London is staging a massive exhibition featuring works from her entire career. Re-performances of some of her best-known and most radical works join new works created for the exhibition. Produced in collaboration with the artist, this important publication brings expert voices into the debate that Abramovic’s work engenders. How far should an artist push herself in pursuit of her work? What role does the audience play in creating a performance? How can performance art outlive the moment in which it takes place? Among the authoritative authors contributing here are Hans Ulrich Obrist, director of the Serpentine Galleries, London, and the eminent theologian and author Devin Zuber. In an interview with Tim Marlow, Abramovic reflects on her extraordinary career and expands on the ideas behind the exhibition. Using an image-recognition app, images in the book are linked to video content, so readers can see many of Abramovic’s original performance pieces come to life.Marina Abramovic was born in Belgrade, Serbia, former Yugoslavia, in 1946. Now an icon of performance art, Abramovic is known internationally for her endurance pieces in which she subjects herself to unusual and often extreme conditions. From 1977 to 1988 she worked closely with West German artist Uwe "Ulay" Laysiepen, with whom she produced several of her most significant works. Her 2010 solo piece The Artist Is Present served in part to introduce a new generation to Abramovic’s oeuvre; in this piece, which took place over the course of three months, Abramovic sat at a table in the Museum of Modern Art, New York, for eight hours a day as different strangers sat opposite her, holding one another’s gaze for a minute each. She is one of the founders of the Marina Abramovic Institute.
Published by Walther Koenig. Edited with text by Nicole Fritz. Text by Erich Ackermann, Hartmut Böhme, Jeannette Fischer, Antje von Graevenitz, Volker Leppin and Bernhard Pörksen.
Over the past five decades, Marina Abramovi? (born 1946) has developed an undogmatic, individual approach to the transcendent, expanding extant European religious and mystical traditions by adding elements of shamanism, alchemy and Buddhism. Abramovic’s exhibition in the Kunsthalle Tübingen—curated by Nicole Fritz in close collaboration with Marina Abramovic and her studio—is the first to be devoted to the spiritual aspects of the artist’s work. Alongside documentation from a selection of her major works, this accompanying catalog brings together interdisciplinary essays, authored by a range of experts, which provide new insights into the artist’s work, envisaging it as a form of spiritual exercise at once personal and public, which can be taught to others. To the latter end, in 2007, she founded the Marina Abramovic Institute (MAI), a non-profit foundation for performance art.
Published by Damiani. Introduction and text by Marina Abramovic. Text by Petter Skavlan. Photographs by Marco Anelli.
An opera production conceived by the legendary performance artist Marina Abramovic (born 1946), 7 Deaths of Maria Callas is a continuation of the artist's lifelong meditation on the female body as a source of both power and pain. Here Abramovic turns her focus to renowned opera singer Maria Callas, whose stunning soprano voice captivated audiences around the world in the mid-20th century. Though she remains one of opera’s greatest singers, Callas’ life was beset by struggle and scandal. Today, the opera diva is remembered for having been a figure of both talent and tragedy.
Through a mix of narrative opera and film, Abramovic recreates seven iconic death scenes from the American-born Greek singer’s most important roles—in La Traviata, Tosca, Otello, Madame Butterfly, Carmen, Lucia di Lammermoor and Norma—followed by an interpretive recreation of Callas’ own death performed onstage by Abramovic herself. This clothbound volume serves as a companion to the live performance and provides insight into the conception, planning and execution of Abramovic’s project, probing the many creative elements that make up this dynamic exploration of female suffering.
Published by Walther König, Köln. Edited by Tone Hansen, Lars Mørch Finborud. Text by Tone Hansen.
The performances of Marina Abramovic (born 1946) have pushed the boundaries of self-discovery for both artist and audience, marking radical engagements with time, stillness, energy and pain—from Rhythm 0 (1974), in which the artist offered herself up as an object of violent experimentation for the audience, to The Artist Is Present (2010), a performance with a three-month duration.
These groundbreaking performances often began their life as drawings and notes, an aspect of the artist's work that has previously been overlooked. Marina Abramovic: Drawings 1963–2017 presents more than 50 years of drawings, sketches, thoughts, dreams and ideas produced in the artist's hand, offering intimate insights into Abramovic's methods, processes and ideas.
Published by Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. Edited by Lærke Rydal Jørgensen.
“I had a strong personal desire to illustrate Hans Christian Andersen’s ‘The Ugly Duckling,’” reflects pioneering performance artist Marina Abramovic (born 1946). “As a young child and growing adolescent, I felt a complete identification with the story. I, too, was the ugly duckling.”
Andersen’s story of the ugly duckling that endures torment and loneliness before becoming a beautiful swan has resonated with readers since it was first published in 1843. Now, in this beautiful new edition of the classic fairy tale, Abramovic reimagines the story by adding new pen and crayon illustrations to the original text.
This volume is the second publication in a series of Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales illustrated by contemporary artists, following the huge success of 2016’s The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen & Yayoi Kusama.
Published by Hatje Cantz. Edited by Lena Essling. Text by Marina Abramovic, Tine Colstrup, Lena Essling, Adrian Heathfield, Bojana Pejic, Devin Zuber.
At once radical, controversial and revered, Marina Abramovic is one of the most discussed artists today. Famous for her groundbreaking performance works, she continues to expand the boundaries of art. This publication, accompanying her first major retrospective in Europe, gives an extensive overview of her work from the earliest years until today: film, photography, paintings and objects, installations and archival material.
Since the early 1970s Abramovic has explored the intersection between performing and visual art in her work and, though rarely overtly political, posed questions of power and hierarchy. In addressing fundamental issues of our existence and seeking the core of such notions as loss, memory, pain endurance and trust, she both provokes and moves.
Born in Belgrade just after the end of the Second World War, Marina Abramovic (born 1946) was raised in the Serbian Orthodox Church (her great uncle was a Patriarch and a canonized saint in the Church) and left Yugoslavia in 1976, having already established herself as a performance artist, living in Amsterdam and eventually New York, where she presently lives. In 2010 she was the subject of an enormously popular retrospective at The Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Following her 2010 retrospective at MoMA, this catalogue records a new performance by Marina Abramovic (born 1946) for the Serpentine Gallery, London. Documentation of works from throughout Abramovi´c's career, reperformed for the first time since their original debuts, is also included.
Published by La Fábrica. Introduction by Mateo Feijoo.
The Kitchen: Homage to Saint Therese is a set of portrait photographs and videos of the “grandmother of performance art,” Marina Abramovic (born 1946). Shot in the abandoned space of a kitchen where Carthusian nuns had once fed more than 8,000 orphans, Abramovic is here seen cooking and meditating. Referencing Renaissance painting and the writings of Saint Therese of Ávila, in which the sixteenth-century nun describes her experiences of mystical levitation in church and kitchen, The Kitchen is equally an autobiographical work. “In my childhood,” Abramovic explains, “the kitchen of my grandmother was the center of my world [...] all my best memories come from there.” Accompanying this book’s images is a series of the artist’s own spiritual recipes: a series of haikus, prayers and mantras to liberate the mind from the confused flow of thinking.
Published by The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Edited by Klaus Biesenbach. Text by Arthur C. Danto, Chrissie Iles, Nancy Spector, Jovana Stokic.
Since the beginning of her career, in Belgrade in the late 1960s, Marina Abramovic has been a pioneer of performance art, creating some of the most important works in the field. Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present accompanies an exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art that documents approximately 50 of the artist's ephemeral time- and media-based works from throughout her career. The book also discusses a unique element of the Museum's retrospective, live performance: a new work created for the occasion, and performed by Abramovic herself; and re-creations of the artist's works by other performers—the first such to be undertaken in a museum setting. The book spans over four decades of Abramovic's early interventions and sound pieces, video works, installations, photographs, solo performances and collaborative performances made with the Dutch artist Ulay (Uwe Laysiepen). Essays by Klaus Biesenbach, Chief Curator of Media and performance art at MoMA, and four distinguished scholars examine Abramovic's ideas of time, duration and the reperformance of performance art as a way to extend it into posterity. The Artist Is Present also includes a CD with audio commentary by the artist that guides the reader through the publication. The artist is present not only in the exhibition but also in the experience of the book.Born in Belgrade just after the end of the Second World War, Marina Abramovic was raised in the Serbian Orthodox Church (her great uncle was a Patriarch and a canonized saint in the Church) and left Yugoslavia in 1976, having already established herself as a performance artist, living in Amsterdam and eventually New York, where she presently lives.
Published by Walther König, Köln. Edited by Hans Ulrich Obrist.
Over the past three and a half decades, Marina Abramovic’s astonishing oeuvre, with pieces in which she performs feats of extreme endurance or mortification of the flesh, has laid bare--perhaps more than any other artist has done--the human body’s strengths, limitations, vulnerabilities and complex bouquet of meanings. In addition, her projects have simultaneously provoked and deflected intense curiosity about who could possibly want to publicly subject herself to such agonizing conditions: who, in short, is Marina Abramovic? In this revealing set of conversations--conducted in train stations, hotels, galleries and her own private studio--between Abramovic and curator Hans Ulrich Obrist, with the occasional addition of other interlocutors including Gustav Metzger (the “Old Master of action art”), the artist talks about her work, the strict discipline of her Yugoslav childhood and the process of preparing for her epochal retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Published by Charta. Interview by Nancy Spector. Text by Marina Abramovic, Erika Fischer-Lichte, Sandra Umathum.
This new monograph documents seven consecutive, groundbreaking nights of monumental, solo, body-art performances by the internationally renowned artist, Marina Abramovic, during the Fall of 2005 in the famous rotunda of New York City's Guggenheim Museum. It includes a new piece created by Abramovic specifically for the project, as well as Abramovic's renditions of six other seminal works (by five other artists and herself) from the formative decade, 1965-1975. The works include reenactments of Vito Acconci's Seedbed (1972), in which the artist occupied the space under a false floor, masturbating and speaking through a microphone to visitors above; Valie Export's Action Pants: Genital Panic (1969) in which Export walked through a movie theater in crotchless pants, challenging the audience to turn from the images of women on the screen to a real female body; and Abramovic's own Lips of Thomas (1975), in which she ate a kilogram of honey and drank a liter of red wine before breaking her glass with her hand, incising a star in her stomach with a razor blade, whipping herself until she "no longer felt pain," then lying down on an ice cross while a space heater suspended above her caused her to bleed even more profusely. Also included, Bruce Nauman's Body Pressure, Gina Pane's The Conditioning, and Joseph Beuys's critical exploration, How To Explain Pictures of a Dead Hare. In this important series, Abramovic gives us the opportunity to recall, revive and preserve major historical performance pieces, all of which are inherently ephemeral, in a completely original way. With an interview by the esteemed Guggenheim curator, Nancy Spector.
BOOK FORMAT Paperback, 8.5 x 10.25 in. / 240 pgs / 274 color / 75 bw.
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Marina Abramovic was a pioneer in the use of performance art as a visual art form. The body has always been both her subject and medium. Exploring the physical and mental limits of her being, she has withstood pain, exhaustion, and danger in the quest for emotional and spiritual transformation. This volume documents Abramovic's Balkan series of video installations and performances created in the period from 1997 to 2005. The works confront us with the gaps between hope and total destruction, with heroism, idealistic passion, human warmth, and almost unbearable static situations. In her latest work, Balkan Erotic Epic, Abramovic creates new, surprising perspectives on archaic rituals that used erotic powers to influence fate and fortune. These powerful images talk to us about the disavowal of ancient practices, and about something buried deep in our consciousness.
Adelina von Fürstenberg is the founder of the Centre for Contemporary Art in Geneva and directed Le Magasin, the Centre for Contemporary Art and school for curators, from 1989 to 1994.
Published by Charta. Essays by Michael Laub, Marina Abramovic. Introduction by Fabrizio Grifasi and Monique Veaute.
While embodying all the fundamental stages of Marina Abramovic's life and work, The Biography of Biographies reveals, through numerous beautiful reproductions, an artist who has deeply affected the art of our time and who possesses an extraordinary ability to revisit and reinterpret her own story through the use of performance as a form of visual art. This new “staging” of The Biography--called The Biography Remix--is carried out in collaboration with Michael Laub, a theater director who has maintained a close involvement with Abramovicï's work and shares with her a deep personal trust. The performance is not theater; it's not dance; it's not even video. Abramovic and Laub have developed a new and sometimes indefinable relationship between visual art, performance and theater--a uniquely direct relationship that builds work of great simplicity and beauty that has the power to move, surprise and entertain.
BOOK FORMAT Paperback, 6.75 x 9.5 in. / 128 pgs / 15 color / 121 bw.
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Published by Charta. Essays by Chrissie Iles, Thomas McEvilley, Sean Kelly, C. Carr, Roselee Goldberg, and Peggy Phelan.
For 12 days in November 2002, Marina Abramovic lived on three open platforms in the Sean Kelly Gallery in New York. She did not eat or speak, nor did have any privacy: the rooms were open and spectators were even invited to observe the artist through a high-powered telescope. She had no escape: the ladders leaning against bedroom, sitting room and bathroom had rungs made of large butcher knives. Throughout her 30-year career, Abramovic has used her body as her primary material, pushing it to extremes of altered consciousness, often putting herself in great physical peril. Her concern with creating works that ritualize the simple actions of everyday life like lying, sitting, dreaming and thinking focuses, in effect, on the manifestation of a unique mental state. In one early solo performances, the artist announced that she would be a passive object for six hours and laid out 72 items spectators could use on her, including a loaded gun. A fight broke out when someone tried to use it. Beginning in the late 70s, she and her then partner Ulay collaborated on now classic performances in which they crawled on their stomachs with a python that hadn't eaten in two weeks; collided with each other, naked, at top speed; sat motionless for seven hours at either end of a long table, trying not even to blink; and, most famously and difficultly, crossed the Great Wall of China, starting at opposite ends and walking until they met in the middle. Abramovic thought The House With the Ocean View would be most like walking this last piece, so she mounted the platforms at Sean Kelly Gallery clad in the old hiking boots she wore in China. This volume presents documentation of The House With the Ocean View, Abramovic's most important performance work to date, alongside essays by the artist, her gallerist Sean Kelly, art historian Thomas McEvilley, curator Chrissie Iles, and others. Published in conjunction with the Sean Kelly Gallery
BOOK FORMAT Hardcover, 6.75 x 9.5 in. / 216 pgs / 12 color / 28 bw.
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Published by Charta. Essays by Miguel Fernandez-Cid, Marina Abramovic and her students.
After Artist Body and Public Body comes Student Body, a consideration of Marina Abramovic's role as a teacher of performance art, and the ideal and essential conclusion to this trilogy on her and her work. This final volume amasses an impressive amount of documentation on the relationships that the artist has had with her numerous students in academies the world over, from Berlin to Braunschweig, from Tokyo to Kitakyushu. In Italy, amongst other countries, Abramovic has been a visiting professor at the Fondazione Antonio Ratti of Como, an institution with the tradition of inviting some of the leading players on the global contemporary art scene to lecture within its walls. Before beginning any of her courses, at any of the schools at which she has taught, Abramovic always asks her students to undergo a process of total purification--from clothes, food, words, and sex--much as she herself notoriously did in her recent performance at the Sean Kelly Gallery in New York. This volume contains her most important lectures and a great deal of work by her students themselves, each of whom considers Abramovic as an inalienable point of reference. Please note that the title is meant literally: Student Body is illustrated only with work by Abramovic's students.
BOOK FORMAT Clothbound, 9.5 x 11 in. / 528 pgs / 136 color / 607 bw.
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Published by Charta. Essays by Marina Abramovic, Giacinto Di Pietrantonio, Raffaello Sanzio and Angela Vettese.
In the summer of 2001, Marina Abramovic was a visiting professor at the Corso Superiore de Arte Visiva, Fondazione Ratti of Como, Italy. Her students actively participated in classes based on one of Abramovic's dearest themes: energy. This volume documents her lectures and the work produced by her students.
BOOK FORMAT Paperback, 5.75 x 8.25 in. / 152 pgs / 58 color / 3 bw.
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Published by Charta. Essays by Marina Abramovic, Germano Celant.
Public Body is the third book in a trilogy dedicated to Marina Abramovic, and presents the work ''Transitory Objects for Human and Non-Human Use.'' In this work Abramovic built a series of transitory objects with the objective of engendering active audience participation. Abramovic hit upon the idea while she was walking along the Great Wall of China; she realized that it was the first time that she was doing a performance without an audience. To transmit this experience she constructed a series of objects: for ''human use,'' ''spiritual use,'' and ''use of power.'' These objects--made of iron, wood, minerals, pigs' blood, and human hair--all ''contain a certain kind of energy,'' according to Abramovic. She does not see these works as sculptures, but as ephemeral objects that trigger public experiences through direct interaction. Whereas the first two books in the trilogy, Performing Body and Artist Body, focused on the artist and her oeuvre, Public Body flips the proverbial script, enacting a role reversal between artist and audience. The book features an impassioned essay by Abramovic concerning her thoughts on public performance and her recent trips to China, India, Japan, and Brazil, as well as an interview with the artist by Germano Celant.
BOOK FORMAT Hardcover, 9.5 x 11.5 in. / 496 pgs / 205 color / 343 bw.
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