Allan Kaprow was an American painter, assemblagist and a pioneer in establishing the concepts of performance art.
14 Facts About Allan Kaprow
Allan Kaprow helped to develop the "Environment" and "Happening" in the late 1950s and 1960s, as well as their theory.
Allan Kaprow began his early education in Tucson where he attended boarding school.
Allan Kaprow studied in the arts and philosophy as a graduate student.
Allan Kaprow received his MA degree from Columbia University in art history.
Allan Kaprow started in the Hans Hofmann School of Fine Arts in 1947.
Allan Kaprow went on to study composition with John Cage in his class at the New School for Social Research, painting with Hans Hofmann, and art history with Meyer Schapiro.
Allan Kaprow started his studio career as a painter, and later co-founded the Hansa and Reuben Galleries in New York and became the director of the Judson Gallery.
In 1958, Allan Kaprow published the essay "The Legacy of Jackson Pollock".
Allan Kaprow's work evolved, and became less scripted and incorporated more everyday activities.
Allan Kaprow gained significant attention in September 1962 for his Words performance at the Smolin Gallery.
At the 1971 International Design Conference at Aspen, Allan Kaprow directed a happening called "Tag" on the Aspen Highlands ski lift which focused on one of the conference themes: "the technological revolution".
Allan Kaprow calls them unconventional theater pieces, even if they are rejected by "devotees" of theater because of their visual arts origins.
Allan Kaprow published extensively and was Professor Emeritus in the Visual Arts Department of the University of California, San Diego.