'Is the iPhone a Blessing or a Curse for Art?' by Ben Davis in artnet

"In 1951, Hans Namuth first published his photos of Jackson Pollock at work. They were meant as documents of the famed artist's process. But all over the world, people looked at them and saw something else.

In Japan, Jirō Yoshihara and other members of the Gutai group saw them as signal of a new kind of “performance painting," where the event of creation was as important as the product. In the States, Allan Kaprow had the exact same kind of epiphany: He would credit Pollock as the godfather of Happenings.

Suddenly, art swiveled around, and an aspect of it that seemed to have been a mere side note became the main attraction. That is how art history happens sometimes."

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