Drug Warriors and Their Prey: From Police Power to Police State

Richard Lawrence Miller

“The war on drugs is a war against ordinary people; starting with this premise Miller analyzes America’s drug war in all its social implications, from examples of enforcement strategies which don’t work to court systems which threaten victims… civil liberties are eroded in the process of conducting a war against drugs: many examples demonstrate this loss.”

Publisher: Greenwood
Hardback: 192 pages

Action Art: A Bibliography of Artists’ Performances From Futurism to Fluxus and Beyond

Compiled by John Gray

Those who have tried to locate any information at all about performance-oriented art from before the ‘70s and ‘80s (when the genre finally started to enjoy increased coverage in such publications as High Performance, Artforum, Flash Art), will truly appreciate the value of this handy and compact little volume. The first of the book’s three sections focuses on the “formative years, from Marinetti’s 1909 Futurist stage works to John Cage’s ‘Untitled Event’ of 1952. Section Two covers Action Art’s most fertile period: from the early ‘50s Gutai Group actions, to late ‘50s and early ‘60s Environments and Happenings, to the Fluxus and event art of the early and mid-’60s, to the hideous blood orgies of the Viennese Actionists, and including the Dutch Provos, the Situationist International, and the hijinks of the Guerrilla Art Action Group. The final section is devoted to biographical and critical studies of over 115 Action artists and artists’ groups. All this is followed by five appendixes filled with all sorts of useful information and obsessive cross-referencing, and, finally, four indexes—by artist, subject, title and author. A revelation for those who think performance art was invented by Laurie Anderson, Karen Finley or the Kipper Kids. DB

Publisher: Greenwood
Hardback: 360 pages