13 Facts About Allan Kaprow


Allan Kaprow was an American painter, assemblagist and a pioneer in establishing the concepts of performance art.

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Allan Kaprow helped to develop the "Environment" and "Happening" in the late 1950s and 1960s, as well as their theory.

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Allan Kaprow began his early education in Tucson where he attended boarding school.

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Allan Kaprow studied in the arts and philosophy as a graduate student.

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Allan Kaprow received his MA degree from Columbia University in art history.

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Allan Kaprow started in the Hans Hofmann School of Fine Arts in 1947.

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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.

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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.

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Allan Kaprow's work evolved, and became less scripted and incorporated more everyday activities.

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Allan Kaprow gained significant attention in September 1962 for his Words performance at the Smolin Gallery.

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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".

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Allan Kaprow calls them unconventional theater pieces, even if they are rejected by "devotees" of theater because of their visual arts origins.

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Allan Kaprow published extensively and was Professor Emeritus in the Visual Arts Department of the University of California, San Diego.

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