Art Term

Live art

The term live art refers to performances or events undertaken or staged by an artist or a group of artists as a work of art, usually innovative and exploratory in nature

Bruce McLean, ‘Pose Work for Plinths I’ 1971
Bruce McLean
Pose Work for Plinths I 1971
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© Bruce McLean

The term is mainly used to refer to performance art, action art and their precursor happenings, together with later developments of performance since the 1960s.

In 1999 the publicly funded Live Art Development Agency was founded in London, UK, to promote and co-ordinate activity in this field.

Live art may also refer to art using living animals or plants. A major practitioner of this has been the arte povera artist Jannis Kounellis.

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Art Now Live: past Tate Britain exhibition
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Tate Britain Exhibition

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Art Now Live presents an evening of performances at Tate Britian
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