Days Off Calendar, 1970
Newsprint, staple bound, 63 pp.
15 1/8h x 10 3/4w in
38.42h x 27.30w cm
This artists’ book in calendar format documents Kaprow’s early Happenings and performance pieces. The front cover photo is by Peter Moore, renowned photographer of New York’s art avant-garde of the 1960s and 1970s.
“This is a calendar of past events. The days on it are the days of the Happenings. They were days off. People played.”____Allan Kaprow
Allan Kaprow (1927-2006) was an American painter and assemblagist who is recognized for establishing the concepts of performance art. For Kaprow, art was found in the everyday and happenings were unique experiential events dependent upon each viewer's reaction. Happenings had no structure and there was no distinction between the performers and the audience. Through happenings, the separation between life, art, artist, and audience is blurred.