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Blood Hand, 1967

Handprint with animal blood and razor on photo copy

Lil Picard Collection, University of Iowa Museum of Art   1098A-D.1999

The concept of destruction in art was codified by the DIAS (Destruction in Art Symposium) in a series first held at Tate Britain in 196  . The criteria for DIAS performances stated: “Our concern is with the artist’s actual destruction of materials as his major artistic means. DIAS will perform destruction events, show destruction films, slides and give destruction lectures in theatres and auditoriums.”

“Destruction for construction’s sake is my message.” Part of 1974 statement, Lil Picard Papers