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10 Contemporary Performance Artists You Should Know

With Performa 11 in full swing through November 21, it seems like the perfect time to introduce you to some of performance art’s most important contemporaries and intriguing up-and-comers, as well as a few of our personal favorites. At the very least, we promise to show you that Marina Abramović isn’t the only performing artist in the world, and it’s not all about shocking antics and bodily fluids. We’re going to mix it up and roundup interdisciplinary art folk, who lean on everything from film to Twitter to perform, giving you ample ways to appreciate their work. Onward!

Terence Koh

Chinese-Canadian artist Terence Koh creates curious conceptual zines and gorgeous monochromatic mixed media work, all imbued with a sense of humor, ritualism, and a luminous aura of white. His Internet presence is like a little gallery of experiences. (See: 100 Sentimental Images of My Cat, all of them … meditative, isn’t it?) For his first solo show at the Mary Boone Gallery in New York City, Koh crawled on his knees around an eight-foot tall mound of rock salt for 25 days, as a minimalist rite. We hope to see more.

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