George Brecht

Visual Artist

1926 – 2008

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Who was George Brecht?

George Brecht, born George Ellis MacDiarmid, was an American conceptual artist and avant-garde composer as well as a professional chemist who worked as a consultant for companies including Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, and Mobil Oil. He was a key member of, and influence on, Fluxus, the international group of avant-garde artists centred on George Maciunas, having been involved with the group from the first performances in Wiesbaden 1962 until Maciunas' death in 1978.

One of the originators of 'participatory' art, in which the artwork can only be experienced by the active involvement of the viewer, he is most famous for his Event Scores such as Drip Music 1962, and is widely seen as an important precursor to conceptual art. He described his own art as a way of “ensuring that the details of everyday life, the random constellations of objects that surround us, stop going unnoticed.”

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Born
Aug 27, 1926
New York City
Also known as
  • George MacDiarmid
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • The New School for Social Research
  • The New School
  • University of the Sciences
Employment
  • The Fluxus Newspaper
  • Mobil
  • Pfizer
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • La Cédrille Qui Sourait
  • Rutgers University
Lived in
  • New York
  • Villefranche-sur-Mer
  • London
  • Cologne
Died
Dec 5, 2008
Cologne

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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