29 September 2010

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Marina Abramovic has spent four decades making traumatic and transcendent artworks using her own body as a material--and breaking through the boundaries of visual art along the way. In the early 1970s, Abramovic began making performances that have turned into legend. These included lying in the center of a burning five-pointed star (symbol of the communism of her native Yugoslavia) until she lost consciousness; remaining determinedly passive for six hours while members of an audience did whatever they wanted to her (even pushing a loaded gun into her neck); and cutting a pentagram on her stomach before whipping herself and lying naked on a cross made of ice.

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Having recently completed her 'The Artist is Present' performance in which Abramovic sat in MOMA, New York, unmoving during opening times for over two months, whilst viewers were invited to communicate with her using only eye contact, this is an ideal juncture in Abramovic's career for Westcott's biography of one of the most important living artists.

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