Al Hansen

  • MACIUNAS IST NISCHT HIER, 1991
    acryl on canvas
    31.5 x 23.62 in
  • Gold Venus, 1991
    flat relief of pressed gold foil
    10.63 x 9.06 in
  • Fire Devil, 1991
    colored Gouache, cardboard
    25.2 x 19.69 in
  • Jasper Johns Venus, 1987
    collage on paper
    11.5 x 8.27 in
  • Lulu’s Back in Town, 1987
    collage on paper
    12.87 x 10.24 in
  • Yarme regnbyge dronning, 1981
    collage on paper
    15.98 x 11.61 in
  • 3 x Venus, 1989
    Collage made of metal paper and cardboard
    on an oil print from the 30s
* 5 October 1927 – l † 22 June 1995
 
Alfred Earl "Al" Hansen was an American artist. He was a member of Fluxus, a movement that originated on an artists' collective around George Maciunas.
Born in New York City, Al Hansen was a friend Yoko Ono and John Cage. While serving in Germany in World War II, Hansen pushed a piano off the roof of a five-story building. This act became the foundation of one of his most recognized performance pieces, the Yoko Ono Piano Drop. Hansen was a frequent visitor to The Factory Andy Warhol's studio in New York. Hansen was perhaps best known for his performance pieces, his participation in Happenings, and for his collages in which he often used cigarette butts and candy bar wrappers as the raw materials, among them numerous variations of a sculpture referring to the Venus of Willendorf. He was an art professor at Rutgers College in Newark, New Jersey, into the 1970s.
In 1977 Hansen managed Los Angeles punk bands the Controllers and the Screamers in Hollywood. In the 1980s Hansen moved to Cologne, Germany, where he established an art school, the Ultimate Akademie. Inspired among others by the Final Academy of Genesis P-Orridge it became a meeting point for local and international performers of the time-based arts.
He died in Cologne, Germany, in 1995, with a number of friends celebrating a fluxus funeral according to his plan.