Czech Action Art
Happenings, Actions, Events, Land Art, Body Art and Performance Art Behind the Iron Curtain
Distributed for Karolinum Press, Charles University
Morganová explains the various forms of action art, from the “actions” and “happenings” of the 1960s; to the actions of land art that encompass stones, trees, water, or fire; to recent displays of body art; to the actions of the latest generation of artists, who are using the principles of action art in contemporary postconceptual and participative art. Along the way, she introduces the most prominent Czech artists of each specific niche, including Milan Knížák, Zorka Ságlová, Ivan Kafka, Petr Štembera, Karel Miler, Jirí Kovanda, and Katerina Šedá, and demonstrates not only the changes in the art forms themselves but also the shifting roles of artists and spectators after World War II.
With over one hundred illustrations, Czech Action Art introduces this heretofore overlooked but fascinating art form to a global readership.