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Choreography, Visual Art and Experimental Composition 1950s–1970s

Choreography, Visual Art and Experimental Composition 1950s–1970s Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art, 2023, vol. 23, no. 1, 119–124 https://doi.org/10.1080/14434318.2023.2222390 REVIEW Choreography, Visual Art and Experimental Composition 1950s–1970s,byErin Brannigan, London and New York: Routledge, 2022, 238 pages, $75.99AUD. As the title indicates, Erin Brannigan’s new book Choreography, Visual Art and Experimental Composition 1950s–1970s is a history of the relationship between dance and the visual arts across three decades. Typically, this relationship has been presented as dance following trends in the visual arts. For example, American dance practitioner Yvonne Rainer is frequently classified as a minimal- ist; the assumption being that she followed the precepts of the visual arts move- ment, minimalism. Rainer, of course, contributed to this way of thinking about her work through her much-cited essay of 1968 ‘A Quasi Survey of Some “Minimalist” Tendencies in the Quantitatively Minimal Dance Activity Midst the Plethora, or an Analysis of Trio A’. Brannigan’s book is a radical repositioning of dance discourse and practice, proposing that dance is central to the changes that took place in the visual art scene of the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s in the United States. In other words, she very convincingly reverses the art historical assump- tion that the visual arts were http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art Taylor & Francis

Choreography, Visual Art and Experimental Composition 1950s–1970s

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art , Volume 23 (1): 6 – Jan 2, 2023
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Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art, 2023, vol. 23, no. 1, 119–124 https://doi.org/10.1080/14434318.2023.2222390 REVIEW Choreography, Visual Art and Experimental Composition 1950s–1970s,byErin Brannigan, London and New York: Routledge, 2022, 238 pages, $75.99AUD. As the title indicates, Erin Brannigan’s new book Choreography, Visual Art and Experimental Composition 1950s–1970s is a history of the relationship between dance and the visual arts across three decades. Typically, this relationship has been presented as dance following trends in the visual arts. For example, American dance practitioner Yvonne Rainer is frequently classified as a minimal- ist; the assumption being that she followed the precepts of the visual arts move- ment, minimalism. Rainer, of course, contributed to this way of thinking about her work through her much-cited essay of 1968 ‘A Quasi Survey of Some “Minimalist” Tendencies in the Quantitatively Minimal Dance Activity Midst the Plethora, or an Analysis of Trio A’. Brannigan’s book is a radical repositioning of dance discourse and practice, proposing that dance is central to the changes that took place in the visual art scene of the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s in the United States. In other words, she very convincingly reverses the art historical assump- tion that the visual arts were

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Published: Jan 2, 2023

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