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ID: 500202321
Page Link: http://vocab.getty.edu/page/ulan/500202321

 
Record Type: Person
Patterson, Benjamin (American musician and Fluxus artist, 1934-2016)

Note: An assemblage and performance artist who is considered one of the founders of the Fluxus movement. He was also a classically trained double bassist, performing at times with orchestras. He upended traditional notions of composition with his Fluxus-era pieces, particularly "Variations for a Double Bass" of 1962. In the 1970s he ceased making artwork and became a reference librarian. He returned to artmaking in the mid-1980s.

Names:
Patterson, Benjamin (preferred,V,index,LC)
Benjamin Patterson (V,display,LC)
Patterson, Ben (V)
Ben Patterson (V)

Nationalities:
American (preferred)
African American

Roles:
artist (preferred)
conceptual artist
performance artist
sculptor
composer (music)
musician

Gender: male

Birth and Death Places:
Born:  Pittsburgh (Allegheny county, Pennsylvania, United States) (inhabited place)
Died:  Wiesbaden (Hessen state, Germany) (inhabited place)

Related People or Corporate Bodies:
collaborated with ....  Cage, John  
................................  (American composer and writer, 1912-1992) [500092036]
collaborated with ....  Higgins, Dick  
................................  (American mixed-media artist and painter, 1938-1998) [500034921]
collaborated with ....  Maciunas, George  
................................  (American writer, performance artist, and composer, 1931-1978) [500075547]
collaborated with ....  Vostell, Wolf  
................................  (German painter, sculptor, and video artist, 1932-1998) [500004580]
collaborated with ....  Williams, Emmett  
................................  (American poet and performance artist, 1925-2007) [500085600]
member of ....  Fluxus  
................  (International group of artists, active 1960s-late 1970s) [500125040]

List/Hierarchical Position:
 ....  Persons, Artists
 ........  Patterson, Benjamin (I)

Biographies:
(American musician and Fluxus artist, 1934-2016) ..... [VP Preferred]
( sculptor, born 1934) ..... [CL-Courtauld]
(artist) ..... [GRI Special Collections]
(artist, active 20th century) ..... [GRISC]
(American artist, 1934-2016) ..... [MoMA]

Additional Names:

Sources and Contributors:
Benjamin Patterson ........ [GRISC, MoMA Preferred, VP]
......................................  Artists, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) New York (2000-)
......................................  Getty Vocabulary Program rules
......................................  GRI Special Collections Finding Aids databases (1980-) 2006M27
......................................  Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York [online] (2000-)
Ben Patterson ........ [CL-Courtauld, GRISC, VP]
............................  Getty Vocabulary Program rules
............................  Harald Szeemann papers, Finding Aid, GRI Special Collections (2011-)
Patterson, Ben ........ [CL-Courtauld Preferred, GRISC Preferred, VP]
..............................  Art News online (2005-) obit.
..............................  Artforum [online] (2004-) obit.
..............................  Harald Szeemann papers, Finding Aid, GRI Special Collections (2011-)
..............................  Hendricks, Fluxus Codex (1988)
..............................  Library of Congress Authorities online (2002-) nr 94024943, accessed 30 September 2008
..............................  Vaara, Ben Patterson Taide (1991)
..............................  Witt Library, Authority files
Patterson, Benjamin ........ [GRISC, MoMA, VP Preferred]
........................................  Artists, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) New York (2000-)
........................................  GRI Special Collections Finding Aids databases (1980-) 890164
........................................  Library of Congress Authorities online (2002-) nr 94024943; accessed 30 September 2008
........................................  Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York [online] (2000-)

Subject: ........ [CL-Courtauld, Gallery Systems, GRISC, MoMA, VP]
....................  Gallery Systems (2000-) LOC ID: nr94024943
....................  Getty Vocabulary Program rules
....................  GRI Special Collections Finding Aids databases (1980-)
....................  Harald Szeemann papers, Finding Aid, GRI Special Collections (2011-)
....................  Hendricks, Fluxus Codex (1988)
....................  Library of Congress Authorities database (n.d.) LOC ID: nr94024943
....................  Library of Congress Authorities online (2002-) accessed 30 September 2008; nr 94024943, accessed 30 September 2008
....................  Vaara, Ben Patterson Taide (1991)
....................  Witt Library, Authority files
 
Note:
English .......... [VP]
.......... Art News online (2005-) obit.
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