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

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  • Roman Ondák, 'Good Feelings in Good Times' 2003
    Roman Ondák
    Good Feelings in Good Times 2003
    overall display dimensions variable
    Purchased using funds provided by the 2004 Outset / Frieze Art Fair Fund to benefit the Tate Collection 2005© Roman Ondák
  • Ana Mendieta, 'Untitled (Self-Portrait with Blood)' 1973
    Ana Mendieta
    Untitled (Self-Portrait with Blood) 1973
    Colour photograph on paper
    frame: 398 x 310 x 32 mm
    Presented by the American Patrons of Tate, courtesy of the Latin American Acquisitions Committee 2010© The estate of Ana Mendieta, courtesy Galerie Lelong, New York
  • Bruce McLean, 'Pose Work for Plinths 3' 1971
    Bruce McLean
    Pose Work for Plinths 3 1971
    Photographs on board
    frame: 785 x 717 x 20 mm
    image: 750 x 682 mm
    Purchased 1981© 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.