PRINT April 1983


John Howell

TO JUDGE BY SURFACE evidence, the performance world has never been in better shape. An avalanche of press releases describes an unprecedented number of events; a performance circuit of capable, committed producers is in place and working away. A new “crossover” between performance spaces and clubs, experimenters and rockers, monologuists and stand-up comedians, multi-media events and variety shows, has created a whole new, creatively confusing performance field. Grant agencies continue to fund provocative work in the face of budget cuts and conservative bureaucratic pressure. And performance has been presented on a bigger scale than ever before, to large and enthusiastic audiences.

Yet there’s a feeling that the art world, once a direct, deeply involved patron of performance but now gone gaga over big paintings and big bucks, is not doing all it could to support performance, its poor

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