Following Piece (1969)
Turning from poetry to visual art, and later from visual art to architecture, Vito Acconci belongs to a group of artist who in the early 1970s set out to transform the relationship between audience, artist and public space. Iconic first gained notice though a series of performance executed in the late 1960s and early ‘70s (he stopped doing performance in 1974). Best known in Seebed (1972), for which he masturbated under a ramp constructed in a gallery space while fantasising about the audience above him. Following Piece is one of his earliest performances, executed in 1969. The piece was carried out in various locations in Manhattan over a period of 23 days, and brought together the artist’s interest in issues such as the dichotomy of the private and public, the relationship between the personal and the collective, and the space that controls those states.
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