Rubber auto tyres, backyard of a Manhattan town house
Photos and archives: Allan Kaprow Archives, the Getty Research Institute, California, USA
‘Yard’ was created for the Martha Jackson Gallery’s sculpture garden exhibition, Environment-Situations-Spaces. A ground-breaking work in which Kaprow recreated a junkyard as an immersive environment with which the audience interacted. Containing a high element of play within the boundaries prefixed by the artist. ‘Yar’ is an illustration of the expansion of sculpture in scale and the ever increasing blurred boundaries between ‘life like’ and ‘art like’.
Performance Art, Art Theoretician
Born: 23 August 1927, New Jersey, USA
Died: 5 April 2006, California, USA
Kaprow was a painter, assemblagist and he is considered a pioneer in establishing the concepts of performance art. In the late 1950s and 1960s he was involved in the development of the ‘Happening’ and the ‘Environment’ and their theory. Eventually Kaprow’s work evolved into what he referred to as ‘Activities’, devoted to the study of normal human activity.