Allan Kaprow

Art on This Day

Born on this day in 1927, Allan Kaprow  was an American painter, assemblagist and a pioneer in establishing the concepts of performance art.  He helped to develop the “Environment” and “Happening” in the late 1950s and 1960s, as well as their theory.
Hans Namuth’s 1951 photos and film of Jackson Pollock making his paintings illustrated a new direction for Kaprow, where the artist was within the work, while making the work. After Pollock’s death, Kaprow wrote an essay on the Legacy of Pollock: exploring what he thought Pollock had meant for painting, art and life. He suggested that the art to come was one that incorporated everyday life, and everyday objects. 
Eventually Kaprow shifted his practice into what he called “Activities”, intimately scaled pieces for one or several players, devoted to the study of normal human activity in a way congruent to ordinary life. Fluxus, performance art, and installation art were influenced by his work.