For Frieze 2015 The Fine Art Society presented a major contemporary group exhibition featuring 9 artists who incorporate the act of performance in their practice including concrete poetry, dance, choreography and theatre. The exhibition which was displayed across two floors of the Bond Street gallery included work across a range of media including painting, sculpture, photography and video, from a line up of exceptional talent including: Andy Goldsworthy, John Giorno, Shen Wei, Ori Gersht, Michael Petry, Justin Davis Anderson, Jo Broughton, Geraldine Swayne and Rashaad Newsome.
Performance art has long been seen as an anti-market, underground form, a weapon of the dispossessed with origins born out of rebellion and an attempt to deliberately disrupt the commercialisation of creativity. With its beginnings in the avant-garde artistic movements of Futurism and Dada, the form had gained mainstream attention by the 1960’s in the wake of Abstract Expressionism and through the practice of artists such as Allan Kaprow, Chris Burden and the Happenings in New York City. The form found exponents across the world with influencers such as the ‘actions’ of German artist, Joseph Beuys and the international Fluxus movement, which had an especially strong presence in New York City.