Critical Writing Index

The Art and Life of Istvan Kantor

by Daniel Baird

Canadian Art, Sept. Fall 2004, v. 21, no. 3, pp. 104-108

The article talks about Istvan Kantor's artwork, which is seen as urban-guerrilla. It discusses how his art assaults authority, technological evolution, 'the mechanization of the body through bureaucracy' and the celebrity of the artist through direct assault using blood, excrement, sex, tar, and similarly dirty or personal materials and experiences. The piece looks at his history, with a general overview of how his ideas and art developed, and gives a fair amount of attention to his videos Black Flag, Broadcast, and Lebensraum/Lifespace, their editing techniques, and their impact.

ITEM 2004.051 – available for viewing in the Research Centre

Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited

Monty Cantsin ProjectDavid Zack

NeoismIstvan Kantor

RefusIstvan Kantor

XX Monument TemporaireIstvan Kantor

The File Cabinet ProjectIstvan Kantor

Black FlagIstvan Kantor

BroadcastIstvan Kantor

Lebensraum/Lifespace-Spectacle of NoiseIstvan Kantor