San Francisco

San Francisco

During the past few years many sculptors have executed pieces that may be described as using the artist’s body as sculptural material. I am not sure whether a rigid distinction can be drawn between Barry Le Va’s running into a wall as often as he could at the La Jolla Museum last May, and the kind of happening in which Robert Whitman leapt into the air and fell to the floor at the Reuben Gallery in New York a decade ago. But artists now use film and videotape to an extent undreamed of in 1960, and one logical development of these tendencies is a traveling videotape show assembled by Willoughby Sharp and entitled “Body Works.” After a world premiere in South America, it had its first North American performance at Breen’s Bar in San Francisco on October 18, 1970.

Breen’s has some very fancy woodwork and some very plain customers, and this combination attracts a number of educated folk. The

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