The paragons of performance art
The fearless upsetters who turned the art world upside down
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One of the many things that sets humans apart from other animals on earth is our capacity for expression. Throughout history, we have channeled our thoughts, feelings, hopes, and fears into a plethora of mediums in an effort to make more sense of them and to make more sense of the world. Art as a concept has been an integral part of our human experience for thousands of years, but there are still some methods of expression that are relegated to the fringe. One of these is performance art, a medium that does away with many of the long-held conventions of expression and throws the paint brushes and sketch pads in the trash. Performance art can be an intense and visceral experience for both the artist and the audience, and is no stranger to scandal and polarizing responses. Regardless of if you feel good or bad about a piece of performance art, you're bound to feel something, and for many artists that's their only goal.
Read on to learn more about some of the most daring and audacious performance artists and their defining pieces from throughout history.
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