Carolee Schneemann (October 12, 1939 – March 6, 2019)

1960s: Days of Rage

Eye Body # 24 from Eye Body: 36 Transformative Actions for Camera 1963

Carolee Schneemann (October 12, 1939 – March 6, 2019) was an American visual experimental artist, known for her multi-media works on the body, narrative, sexuality and gender. She received a B.A. in poetry and philosophy from Bard College and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Illinois. Originally a painter in the Abstract Expressionist tradition, Schneeman was uninterested in the masculine heroism of New York painters of the time and turned to performance-based work, primarily characterized by research into visual traditions, taboos, and the body of the individual in relation to social bodies. Although renowned for her work in performance and other media, Schneemann began her career as a painter, stating, ‘I’m a painter. I’m still a painter and I will die a painter. Everything that I have developed has…

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