1950’s, influenced by the musical works of John Cage, a critical response to Harold Rosenburgs 1952 essay.
The artists did action paintings, it was about questioning what you would do before a blank canvas and what you could do with the canvas, they were usually obsessed with their own identity and psychology.
Rosenburg says they are breaking down division between art and life because they are questioning themselves.
1958-the legacy of Jackson Pollock-art on the verge of destroying the medium in which it was realised.
Indexical mark is showing where an action had been made.
‘what was to go on the canvas was not a picture, but an event’
Jackson Pollock best illustrates rosenburgs idea of action painting.
Pollock-unmediated spontinaity, painting has a life of its own. Hans Namuth and Paul Falkenberg film of Jackson Pollock 1951.
Marx’s idea of revolutionary change