The Performing Observer (Book)

Essays on Contemporary Art, Performance, and Photography

Collection of short, critical writings on contemporary art, performance, and photography written over the course of two decades. These include essays and interviews, profiles and reviews. They were originally published in a variety of settings, including art magazines and exhibition catalogues, online journals and websites. 49 b&w illus.


I am conscious of ‘performing a role’ as an art critic and cannot stand ‘outside’ my writing. I am indebted to a notion drawn from musicology, that of having creative arts training and writing about the arts with a participatory knowledge. These writings on art, performance, and photography span twenty years.

Martin Patrick is an art critic, historian, and writer, and a contributor to a wide range of international publications. He writes on interdisciplinary practices, performance, and experimental uses of media in contemporary art.

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