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Critical Review

  1. 1. Allan Kaprow Critical Review
  2. 2. Is the pack accurate, does it fairly summarise and represent mainstream view on this practitioner? <ul><li>Good Points </li></ul><ul><li>The biography is accurate </li></ul><ul><li>The use of imagery makes it more interesting to look at. </li></ul><ul><li>The mention of his practices are important which show his development from abstract to the environment. </li></ul><ul><li>The description of Happenings are very thorough detailing the key points. It is very descriptive of what his work is all about . </li></ul><ul><li>The slide Same Time Different Places we thought was quite unique mentioning about other artist’s work in the same movement at the same time. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Is it properly referenced, are sources cited correctly? <ul><li>Whilst looking at the Bibliography we noticed that the given links are not entirely accurate as when clicked on they do not take you to the correct internet site. This could be due to them not being written down properly. </li></ul><ul><li>Also the list of books mentioned would be more helpful if the ISBN number was written down and the page numbers were referenced. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Are there divergent views which should be acknowledged? <ul><li>There is no mention of critical views on Kaprow’s work from other people. </li></ul><ul><li>According to dramatic critic Richard Schechner of the New York Times, what Kaprow and others in the field were producing was: </li></ul><ul><li>“ a new theatre [that] combines associative variations on visual-aural themes, chance permutations, game and journeys.” </li></ul>
  5. 5. Is the application of ideas appropriate, could this go further or in different directions, if so what directions? <ul><li>In the slide Happenings, it mentions Kaprow’s use of unconventional spaces to stage his Happenings such as the loft or the cellar. However it doesn’t mention his reason for doing this, such as an attempt to enlarge the realm of art beyond the gallery display and museum situations. </li></ul><ul><li>Also the response of the audience is not noted and public reactions to his work. </li></ul><ul><li>The movements mentioned in Inspiration could be explained more thoroughly to make the audience more aware of Kaprow’s influences. </li></ul><ul><li>Two of Kaprow’s main influences (Jackson Pollock and John Cage) could be explained more deeply as they helped steer Kaprow to the 1st Happening. It is important to mention who these two men were and the direction they focused on eg. Cage focused towards the theatre which then influenced Kaprow to include audience participation. </li></ul><ul><li>On the slide Kaprow’s Influence Today it is not clear whether the opinion expressed is a general opinion or a personal one. </li></ul><ul><li>In our opinion the presentation would have benefitted from more quotes. Quotes from Kaprow about his own work and the work of others that influenced him at the time: </li></ul><ul><li>“ I had begun to clarify, even then, what was a multi-levelled attitude towards painting.” </li></ul><ul><li>Kaprow of his own work. </li></ul><ul><li>There is also no overall list of his works which would be helpful to people who are researching Kaprow. </li></ul>

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