Grandma’s Boy by Allan Kaprow

Grandma’s Boy by Allan Kaprow

Grandma’s Boy
1967
Happenings
Mixed media assemblage
The Collection of the Newark Museum, New Jersey, USA

Grandma’s Boy, a wall construction, consists of various found elements with a mirror placed in the centre. Despite the name suggesting a personal connection to Kaprow, the photographs found in a farmhouse were of the Robin family who owned the house. The viewer is unwittingly implicated as a participant when catching their reflection and completing the piece.

Allan Kaprow

Allan Kaprow
Performance Art, Art Theoretician
Born: 23 August 1927, New Jersey, USA
Nationality: American
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

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