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The artistic career of George Brecht began in the late fifties, while he was working as a research chemist in New Jersey. This dual situation enabled him to employ scientific models of the time to reflect upon experience, and to use art a means to represent his thoughts. In 1956-1957, he wrote a reference work entitled Chance Imagery, a systematic investigation of the role of chance in the 20th century in the fields of science and avant-garde art. The piece revealed his respect for Dadaist and surrealist projects as well as for the more complex aspects of the work of Marcel Duchamp, whom he considered the embodiment of the 'artist-researcher'. At the same time he initiated a series of experiments he called 'Chance Paintings', randomly staining bed sheets with a clearly anti-pictorial, anti-representative intent. Brecht referred to these early attempts to convert time and chance into the basis of his work as a kind of 'corrected abstract expressionism'. In this period, which coincided with the death of Jackson Pollock, he struck up relationships with artists imparting classes at Rutgers University, in particular Allan Kaprow and Robert Watts with whom he co-signed a text (A multi-dimension project, 1957). The piece was an attempt overcome and go beyond the huge influence exerted at that time by abstract expressionism, in pursuit of a form of advanced art, radical conceptual practices and multimedia. Brecht’s closeness to John Cage, with whom he shared an interest for Oriental thinking, led him to attend the classes on 'Experimental Composition' Cage was giving in New York. He encouraged Brecht to look for new mediums for his creative practice, such as the generation of a new (musical) score by means of procedures involving chance and the use of surrounding noise employed as sound ready-mades. Brecht was convinced that 'experience in every dimension' could be highlighted and encapsulated in the shape of verbal scores and, from there, developed the concept of 'event scores' with which he structured the space and time of his work, at the same time inviting the audience to participate in the piece. This conceptual base was highly significant in the Fluxus context on the other side of the Atlantic, in which Brecht's event scores were widely known and performed. Fluxus began, in fact, in Wiesbaden (Germany) with a series of 'new music' concerts organised by George Maciunas using the radical scores created by Brecht and other artists in his circle, including Dick Higgins, Emmett Williams, Robert Filliou, Eric Andersen, Alison Knowles and Ben Vautier, among others. Accessed 08.04.2007 from
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Chance Paintings - - 1957 USA Edit
Comb Music Event Score Performed by John Armleder, Aug 23, 1988, New York 1959 USA Edit
Drip Music - - 1959 USA Edit
Toward Events: An Arrangement Exhibition Reuben Gallery, New York 1959 USA Edit
Chair Events - - 1961 USA Edit
Word Event Event Score - 1961 USA Edit
Three Aqueous Events Event Score - 1961 USA Edit
Word Event Conceptual Writing - 1961 USA Edit
Two Vehicle Events Event Score - 1961 USA Edit
Repository Fluxus Box - 1961 USA Edit
Incidental Music Fluxus Event Score - 1961 USA Edit
Five Events Fluxus Event Score - 1961 USA Edit
Motor Vehicle Sundown (Event) 1960 to John Cage Event Score - 1962 USA Edit
Yam Festival - - 1962 USA Edit
Concerto for Orchestra, Fluxversion 3 - - 1962 USA Edit
Piano Piece Fluxus Event Score - 1962 USA Edit
Contingent Publications - - 1963 USA Edit
Water Yam - Galerie Daniel Templon Paris 1963 Edit
The Book of the Tumbler on Fire book in construction Fischbach Gallery New York 1964 USA Edit
Solo for Violin Performance Flux Fest at Fluxhall. 359 Canal Street, New York City 1964 USA Edit
Octet for Winds - - 1964 USA Edit
Entrance to Exit Short Film 1965 USA Edit
Bead Puzzle Fluxus Boxes - 1965 USA Edit
George Brecht - Pagine scelte dai Capitoli II a VIII Exhibition Galleria Schwarz Milan 1967 Italy Edit
Art by Telephone LP album - 1969 USA Edit
La Cédille qui sourit Exhibition Städtisches Museum Abteiberg Mönchengladbach 1969 Germany Edit
Landmass Translations - Eugenia Butler Gallery Los Angeles 1970 USA Edit
George Brecht Boxes Exhibition Galerie Michael Werner Cologne 1972 Germany Edit
George Brecht - El Sourdog Hex : works 1957-1973 Exhibition Onnasch Galerie New York 1973 USA Edit
George Brecht - Le San Antonio Show Exhibition Galerie Bama Paris 1975 France Edit
George Brecht - Donna dei Nodi Exhibition Galleria Multiphla Milan 1975 Italy Edit
George Brecht - Assemblages Exhibition Framart Studio Naples 1976 Italy Edit
Jenseits von Ereignissen - Texte zu einer Heterospektive von George Brecht Exhibition Kunsthalle Bern 1978 Switzerland Edit
Three VOID-Stones Outdoor Installation Skulptur.Projekte in Münster 1987 Germany Edit
George Brecht - 40 Werke der letzten 15 Jahre Exhibition Lempertz-Contempora, Galerie für Moderne Kunst Cologne 2000 Germany Edit
Games and Puzzles Fluxus Boxes Lost and Found, curated by René Block. apexart New York 2001 USA Edit
unknown Exhibition Passenger - The Viewer as Participant, Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art Oslo 2002 Norway Edit
DAprès George Brecht Exhibition Edition Stella A Berlin 2002 Germany Edit
George Brecht - Works from 1959 - 1973 Exhibition Gagosian Gallery Heddon Street London 2004 England Edit
George Brecht - Events - Eine Heterospektive Exhibition 17 September 2005 – 8 January 2006; 2005 Germany Edit
George Brecht - Events Exhibition Museu dArt Contemporani de Barcelona Barcelona , curated by Bartomeu Mari and organised in co-operation with the Museum Ludwig, Cologne 2006 Spain Edit