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Robin Page (1932–2015)

Artist Robin Page has passed away, reports The Guardian’s Charles Darwent. While noting that Page was less well known at the time of his death, Darwent positioned Page at the “British vanguard” of the Fluxus movement. By 1962, he was working in a milieu that included other artists such as Dieter Roth and Dorothy Iannone.

Page staged his own happening at the Institute of Contemporary Arts’ Festival of Misfits in London, when he kicked his electric guitar out of the ICA’s front door, and down the street. Four years later, at the Destruction in Art Symposium in 1966, he drilled a hole in the floor of the Better Bookshop in Charing Cross Road, ultimately ceasing when he hit a water main.

A professor at Leeds College of Art beginning in 1965, he founded a short-lived movement called Jape Art. Later, he moved to Germany, becoming a professor of painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. Eventually, he died his beard blue and created a series of paintings as his alter-ego. His artwork appeared in the Kunstverein, Cologne; the Museum Folkwang, Essen; and Documenta 5.