The Vienna Action Group was formed in 1965 by Herman Nitsch, Otto Muhl, Gunter Brus, and Rudolf Schwartzkogler. They performed several body art actions, usually involving social taboos (such as genital mutilation).. Vito Acconci once documented, through photos and text, his daily exercise routine of stepping on and off a chair for as long as possible over several months. Acconci also performed Following Piece, in which he followed randomly chosen New Yorkers.
In France, body art was termed art coporel and practised by such artists as Michel Journiac and Gina Pane. In Italy in the 1980s, one of the famous artists in the movement was Ketty La Rocca.
Marina Abramović performed Rhythm 0 in 1974. In the piece, the audience was given instructions to use on Abramović's body an array of 72 provided instruments of pain and pleasure, including knives, feathers, and a loaded pistol. Audience members cut her, pressed thorns into her belly, applied lipstick to her, and removed her clothes. The performance ended after six hours, when someone held the loaded pistol up to Abramović's head and a scuffle broke out. Photographer Spencer Tunick is well known for conducting photo shoots which gather large numbers of people at unlikely public locations, whereby everyone is positioned nude, forming surrealistic nude-scapes.
Artists whose works have evolved with more directed personal mythologies include Rebecca Horn, Youri Messen-Jaschin, Javier Perez, and Jana Sterbak. Body art can also be expressed via writing rather than painting.
Extreme body art
For example, one of Marina Abramović's works involved dancing until she collapsed from exhaustion, while one of Dennis Oppenheim's better-known works saw him lying in the sunlight with a book on his chest, until his skin, excluding that covered by the book, was badly sunburned. It can even consist of the arrangement and dissection of preserved bodies in an artistic fashion, as in the case of the plastinated bodies used in the travelling Body Worlds exhibition.ipedia:
“I try very hard to show my work and to elevate body art to a fine-art status and not have it be viewed as some tawdry, peep-show type of thing,” insists Bihary, who got his start in comic books.
He will go up against artists who have painted everything from faces at county fairs, to traditional canvases at respected art schools and even guests at high-end nudist resorts.
Human murals have seen a surge of interest in recent years thanks to pop-culture exposure — think Sports Illustrated’s famous painted-on swimsuits. There was even a body-painting day hosted in Columbus Circle over the weekend, where 40 nude models posed.
“The model has to feel comfortable; it makes all the difference in the final product,” Roberts says, admitting that a flesh canvas also poses some unique difficulties.
After studying more traditional approaches to art at the Ashland Academy of Art in Oregon, Fletcher answered an ad looking for body painters.
She fell in love with the medium and found her niche painting her subjects so that they blend into a specific setting created in NYC.
“This is three beauties I painted into Central Park back in May,” she says.
“It’s one of the most powerful shots I’ve done.”
She also works with hand-painted backdrops.
Human murals have seen a surge of interest in recent years thanks to pop-culture exposure — think Sports Illustrated’s famous painted-on swimsuits.
This Orlando, Fla., native attended the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia with concentrations in art education, drawing and painting.
After graduation, she took a gig at a nudist resort in Tampa, Fla. that she says sparked her interest in nude murals as performance art.
For this realistic rendering, she painted the backdrop “and tried to disappear the model into it.”