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Robert Haywood

May - June 2002

Robert Haywood is assistant professor of art history at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana.  Haywood's current research focuses on newly discovered writings by two artists, Allan Kaprow and Claes Oldenburg, and draws on over thirty private and public archives from all over the world. In the ongoing book project he will continue at the Clark, USA Sadomasochisticfetishistic Soul: Art, Happenings and Cultural Politics, 1958-1970, Haywood analyzes how avant-garde artists in the 1960s, specifically Kaprow and Oldenburg, increasingly began to use non-conventional "canvases," such as courtyards or swimming pools, to create a form of abstract art by incorporating performers and other structures into the scene.

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