'Third World Artist': The Performance Art of Alexander Brener

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This paper discusses research on the performance art of Alexander Brener.

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Nersesova, Lisa & Way, Jennifer March 31, 2005.

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Abstract: We should expand our understanding of contemporary art by considering it from ideological perspectives other than those of the West. I will show the significance that certain established conventions of Western art criticism and history have for the Russian performance artist Alexander Brener. Western art critics perceive Brener's performances as destructive and perverse, which indicates the existence of accepted conventions and a tacit agreement concerning what is considered art. Art history also excludes Brener, not only because his work is so contemporary, but also because prevailing approaches to understanding art in the West require categorizing art movements and corresponding labeling of artists, which is difficult to achieve in Brener's case. Consequently, I ask, how has Brener emphasized the importance of understanding art as an entity that has culturally specific features? I consider Brener's use of the phrase "third world artist" in relation to the prevailing Western art critical terms "East" and "West." Finally, I examine Brener's controversial performance at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam in relation to the Western art world as a system consisting of artists, critics, historians, and patrons.

Second Annual University Scholars Day, 2005, Denton, Texas, United States.

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  • Publication Title: The Eagle Feather
  • Volume: 2
  • Issue: 2005
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Nersesova, Lisa & Way, Jennifer. 'Third World Artist': The Performance Art of Alexander Brener, paper, March 31, 2005; [Denton, Texas]. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc84348/: accessed December 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Honors College.