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Enter Digital Archives of the 1960s Fluxus Movement and Explore the Avant-Garde Art of John Cage, Yoko Ono, John Cale, Nam June Paik & More

1960s: Days of Rage


“When it comes to the influence of the arts on everyday life, it can seem like our reality derives far more from Jeff Koons’ ‘augmented banality‘ than from the Fluxus movement’s playful experiments with chance operations, conceptual rigor, and improvisatory performance. But perhaps in a Jeff Koons world, these are precisely the qualities we need. Mainly based in New York, and ‘taking shape around 1959,’ notes the University of Iowa’s Fluxus: A Field Guide, ‘the international cohort of artists known as Fluxus experimented with—or better yet between—poetry, theater, music, and the visual arts.’ Big names like John Cage and Yoko Ono might give the uninitiated a sense of what the 60s art movement was all about. An ‘interdisciplinary aesthetic,’ writes Ubuweb, that ‘brings together influences as diverse as Zen, science, and daily life and puts them to poetic use.’ Of course, there’s more to it…

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