Creative Deconstruction of Books

A Review of Odd Volumes: Book Art From the Allan Chasanoff Collection, in New Haven

Mr. Roach, who was born in 1969, is part of a revival of Fluxus, the 60s movement that relied on absurdity, chance and playful gestures ­ sometimes inspired by Buddhist concepts ­ to question everything from traditional art making to global politics. An artist involved in the original movement, Yoko Ono, is represented here by what might be her masterpiece: Grapefruit (1964). Counter to most Western notions of art, it is a small, flimsy paperback book that contains event scores for actions and performances. Taking the idea of the musical score and replacing the art object with events conceived for audience participation, Grapefruit is also an early example of conceptual art.

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