Al Hansen

Alfred Earl "Al" Hansen (5 October 1927 – 22 June 1995) was an American artist.wikipedia
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Fluxus

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He was a member of Fluxus, a movement that originated on an artists' collective around George Maciunas.
Many artists of the 1960s took part in Fluxus activities, including Joseph Beuys, George Brecht, Robert Filliou, Al Hansen, Dick Higgins, Bengt af Klintberg, Alison Knowles, Addi Køpcke, Yoko Ono, Nam June Paik, Ben Patterson, Daniel Spoerri, and Wolf Vostell.

Bibbe Hansen

He was the father of Andy Warhol protégé Bibbe Hansen and the grandfather and artistic mentor of rock musician Beck and artist Channing Hansen.
Hansen's parents were bohemian poet Audrey Ostlin Hansen and Fluxus artist Al Hansen, a participant in the Andy Warhol Factory.

Yoko Ono

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Born in New York City, Al Hansen was a friend to Yoko Ono and John Cage.
She learned of Cage at Sarah Lawrence and met him through his student Ichiyanagi Toshi in Cage's legendary experimental composition class at the New School for Social Research: She was thus introduced to more of Cage's unconventional neo-Dadaism first hand and his New York City protégés Allan Kaprow, Brecht, Mac Low, Al Hansen and the poet Dick Higgins.

John Cage

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Born in New York City, Al Hansen was a friend to Yoko Ono and John Cage. This act became the foundation of one of his most recognized performance pieces, the Yoko Ono Piano Drop. Many artists have also destroyed or altered pianos including John Cage, Joseph Beuys, Nam June Paik and Raphael Montañez Ortiz. Hansen studied with composer John Cage at the now famous 1958 Composition Class at the New School for Social Research in New York City along with fellow students, Dick Higgins, George Brecht, and Allan Kaprow amongst others.
They included Jackson Mac Low, Allan Kaprow, Al Hansen, George Brecht, and Dick Higgins, as well as many others Cage invited unofficially.

George Maciunas

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He was a member of Fluxus, a movement that originated on an artists' collective around George Maciunas.
In 1960, whilst attending composition classes of the electronic composer Richard Maxfield at the New School for Social Research in New York, Maciunas met many of the future participants of Fluxus, including La Monte Young, Al Hansen, Allan Kaprow, & Jackson Mac Low.

Something Else Press

He wrote an important book about performance art, A Primer of Happenings and Time Space Art published by Something Else Press in 1965.
It published many important Intermedia texts and artworks by such Fluxus artists as Higgins, Ray Johnson, Alison Knowles, Allan Kaprow, George Brecht, Daniel Spoerri, Robert Filliou, Al Hansen, John Cage, Emmett Williams and by such important modernist figures as Gertrude Stein, Henry Cowell, and Bern Porter.

Raphael Montañez Ortiz

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This act became the foundation of one of his most recognized performance pieces, the Yoko Ono Piano Drop. Many artists have also destroyed or altered pianos including John Cage, Joseph Beuys, Nam June Paik and Raphael Montañez Ortiz.
In London, 1966, a group of artists like Yoko Ono, Wolf Vostell, Peter Weibel and Al Hansen came together to participate in the first Destruction in Art Symposium (DIAS) led by Gustav Metzger.

Andy Warhol

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He was the father of Andy Warhol protégé Bibbe Hansen and the grandfather and artistic mentor of rock musician Beck and artist Channing Hansen. Hansen was a frequent visitor to The Factory, Andy Warhol's studio in New York.

Beck's Brewery

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He was the father of Andy Warhol protégé Bibbe Hansen and the grandfather and artistic mentor of rock musician Beck and artist Channing Hansen.

Joseph Beuys

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This act became the foundation of one of his most recognized performance pieces, the Yoko Ono Piano Drop. Many artists have also destroyed or altered pianos including John Cage, Joseph Beuys, Nam June Paik and Raphael Montañez Ortiz.

Nam June Paik

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This act became the foundation of one of his most recognized performance pieces, the Yoko Ono Piano Drop. Many artists have also destroyed or altered pianos including John Cage, Joseph Beuys, Nam June Paik and Raphael Montañez Ortiz.

Dick Higgins

Hansen studied with composer John Cage at the now famous 1958 Composition Class at the New School for Social Research in New York City along with fellow students, Dick Higgins, George Brecht, and Allan Kaprow amongst others.

George Brecht

Hansen studied with composer John Cage at the now famous 1958 Composition Class at the New School for Social Research in New York City along with fellow students, Dick Higgins, George Brecht, and Allan Kaprow amongst others.
Artists participating in the festival included Alison Knowles, Allan Kaprow, John Cage, Al Hansen, Ay-O, Dick Higgins, Karlheinz Stockhausen and Ray Johnson.

Allan Kaprow

Hansen studied with composer John Cage at the now famous 1958 Composition Class at the New School for Social Research in New York City along with fellow students, Dick Higgins, George Brecht, and Allan Kaprow amongst others.

The Factory

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Hansen was a frequent visitor to The Factory, Andy Warhol's studio in New York.

Happening

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Hansen was perhaps best known for his performance pieces, his participation in Happenings, and for his collages in which he often used cigarette butts and candy bar wrappers as the raw materials, among them numerous variations of a sculpture referring to the Venus of Willendorf.

Collage

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Hansen was perhaps best known for his performance pieces, his participation in Happenings, and for his collages in which he often used cigarette butts and candy bar wrappers as the raw materials, among them numerous variations of a sculpture referring to the Venus of Willendorf.

Venus of Willendorf

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Hansen was perhaps best known for his performance pieces, his participation in Happenings, and for his collages in which he often used cigarette butts and candy bar wrappers as the raw materials, among them numerous variations of a sculpture referring to the Venus of Willendorf.

The Screamers

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In 1977 Hansen managed Los Angeles punk bands the Controllers and the Screamers in Hollywood.

Genesis P-Orridge

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Inspired among others by the Final Academy of Genesis P-Orridge it became a meeting point for local and international performers of the time based arts.

Germany

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He died in Cologne, Germany, in 1995, with a number of friends celebrating a fluxus funeral according to his plan.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

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Yes She He, c. 1962, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C.

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Yes She He, c. 1962, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.

Museum of Modern Art

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Coco Was a Poco Loco about Cacao and Men, 1968, MoMA, New York, NY

New York City

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Coco Was a Poco Loco about Cacao and Men, 1968, MoMA, New York, NY