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In Focus: Blood of a poet box 1965-8 by Eleanor Antin

Bradnock, Lucy E.

Authors

Lucy E. Bradnock Lucy.Bradnock@nottingham.ac.uk

Abstract

Eleanor Antin (born 1935) is widely regarded as a pioneer in the fields of conceptual, feminist, and performance art. Blood of a Poet Box (L02859) is considered by the artist to have been her first major conceptual work. This multi-chapter project is a sustained analysis of that work. I consider the work's crucial place within Antin’s oeuvre and its relation to both traditional art and avant-garde precursors, including Marcel Duchamp, Jean Cocteau, and Joseph Cornell; its anticipation of the issues of gender, culture, and identity that would shape her later projects; and its documentation of the artistic and social networks of the American art and poetry communities in 1960s New York.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Mar 31, 2019
Journal In Focus
Publisher Tate Research
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Institution Citation Bradnock, L. E. (2019). In Focus: Blood of a poet box 1965-8 by Eleanor Antin. In Focus,
Keywords Eleanor Antin, Surrealism, American Art, Assemblage, Identity, Portraiture
Publisher URL https://www.tate.org.uk/research/publications/in-focus/blood-poet-box
Related Public URLs https://www.tate.org.uk/research/publications/in-focus
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information ISBN 978-1-84976-531-2

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